donelle's book blog

book reviews on books I've read

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on April 25, 2013 by in Nonfiction Book Recommendations and tagged , , , , .
%d bloggers like this: