Lincoln biography doris kearns goodwin

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincolns political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.

Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincolns mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nations history.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery. A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius. Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years. Her experiences working for Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? Roosevelt, and Lyndon B.

Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin born January 4, [1] is an American biographer , historian , and political commentator. Goodwin has written biographies of several U. She has a sister, Jene Kearns. She was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in [6] to pursue doctoral studies. In , she earned a Ph.

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But in her new book she forsakes the strict confines of biography for the brave new world of leadership studies. A booming field of scholarship — or, traditionalists would say, pseudoscholarship — leadership studies is usually taught in schools of business or public administration, geared toward would-be or midcareer executives and often focused on imparting useful lessons to apply in the workplace. Structurally, the book follows a formula. Readers of presidential biography will know these stories, but newcomers may not — and in any case Goodwin is telling them not for their own sake but to establish certain key ingredients of skillful democratic leadership. Despite the overarching steeled-by-adversity template into which she wedges these stories, each retains its own intrinsic drama.

Doris Kearns Goodwin lives surrounded by American history. Her home in Concord, Mass. The house itself, cool on a day that broke heat records in nearby Boston, is full of history too. What was once a three-car garage is now a library. Abraham Lincoln books are in there, and Franklin Roosevelt is nearby. The section on Theodore Roosevelt is upstairs.



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