Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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Doris Kearns Goodwin is a respected author of several historical accounts that included details sketches of the lives of well-known men. In her book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln", she achieves that again, only this time the main figure happens to be none other than our almost mythological hero, Abraham Lincoln…

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Almost that same has happened to Abraham Lincoln. The president, who was once known, as the savior of black community as he brought an end of slavery, was later found to be a supporter of the institution. Some people even accused Lincoln of lacking any intention to abolish slavery and felt that the end came as a by-product of the success of Northern Army in the Civil war. It is then desirable and even recommended that we focus more on the verifiable facts instead of sketchy anecdotes. Goodwin's book helps in setting the record straight as far as Lincoln's leadership tactics and political genius are concerned.
The book opens with the election scene in May 1860 when William Henry Seward was expected to win almost effortlessly. Seward did not win but tried every possible tactic to threaten Lincoln's accession to the throne by showing that his approval would be important for a variety of things including the cabinet that would be chosen. Lincoln was clever enough to know that he needed the support of people like Seward but had to accomplish this by means of subtle domination. Being the president, he couldn't allow others to use him as a puppet while they acted as the real power behind the coveted seat.
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