Monday, October 4, 2010

Team of Rivals - A book report

The Political Genius of Lincoln
By Doris Kearns Goodwin

This book is another interesting approach to understanding our greatest president; Abraham Lincoln. I have read many books on his life. They usually approach the subject from different vantages. This one reviews the lives of the members of Lincoln’s cabinet leading to being appointed to his cabinet. Three of them were in the running for president against Lincoln. He chose them as he considered them to be the most capable men available and wanted their advice as he led our country thru its most perilous period.
It has 754 pages of reading, much of which requires concentration to keep the various people in the proper order since many names are made a part of this history book. It is an excellent work that required years of diligent research to compile. I am going to take a Lincoln break now even though I find his life and thinking of outstanding value.
It is available at the Tucson Public Library.

Jack B. Walters
October 4, 2010

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