book reviews on books I've read
This book by Doris Kearns Goodwin looks at the relationships between the principle players in Lincoln’s cabinet. The rivalry expressed therein also hearkens to President Obama’s cabinet, which is also described as a “team of rivals,” especially with Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State. Although Goodwin’s book is very long, it’s an interesting read as it doesn’t focus so much on the history of the Civil War itself, but rather why it took Lincoln so long to get his agenda done. Lincoln appointed the four men who opposed him in the 1860 Republican presidential nomination, and they rarely agreed. A lot of this rivalry is depicted in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln as well, especially of the role William Seward played as Secretary of State, but I recommend you read this book before seeing the movie because the book illuminates the conflicts between Salmon Chase and Edward Bates as well.