Team of Rivals

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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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 a

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 was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war.

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I listened to the audio e-book, not realizing that it was abridged. I definitely have to read the book now, as crucial parts were left out. For instance, the movie "Lincoln" was based on parts from this book, but none of the topics touched upon in th ...Continua
Ha scritto il 24/08/11
very well written, detailed and complete biography of multiple characters that changed the course of history. Solely for the history part I suggest instead Raimondo Luraghi, italian edition title: Storia della Guerra Civile Americana.

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