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Team of Rivals - The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals - The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's 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 Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

INTRODUCTION

PART I - THE RIVALS

Chapter 1. FOUR MEN WAITING

Chapter 2. THE “LONGING TO RISE”

Chapter 3. THE LURE OF POLITICS

Chapter 4. “PLUNDER & CONQUEST”

Chapter 5. THE TURBULENT FIFTIES

Chapter 6. THE GATHERING STORM

Chapter 7. COUNTDOWN TO THE NOMINATION

Chapter 8. SHOWDOWN IN CHICAGO

Chapter 9. “A MAN KNOWS HIS OWN NAME”

Chapter 10. “AN INTENSIFIED CROSSWORD PUZZLE”

Chapter 11. “I AM NOW PUBLIC PROPERTY”

PART II - MASTER AMONG MEN

Chapter 12. “MYSTIC CHORDS OF MEMORY”

Chapter 13. “THE BALL HAS OPENED”

Chapter 14. “I DO NOT INTEND TO BE SACRIFICED”

Chapter 15. “MY BOY IS GONE”

Chapter 16. “HE WAS SIMPLY OUT-GENERALED”

Chapter 17. “WE ARE IN THE DEPTHS”

Chapter 18. “MY WORD IS OUT”

Chapter 19. “FIRE IN THE REAR”

Chapter 20. “THE TYCOON IS IN FINE WHACK”

Chapter 21. “I FEEL TROUBLE IN THE AIR”

Chapter 22. “STILL IN WILD WATER”

Chapter 23. “THERE’S A MAN IN IT!”

Chapter 24. “ATLANTA IS OURS”

Chapter 25. “A SACRED EFFORT”

Chapter 26. THE FINAL WEEKS

EPILOGUE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTES

ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: FOUR MEN WAITING

CHAPTER 2: THE “LONGING TO RISE”

CHAPTER 3: THE LURE OF POLITICS

CHAPTER 4: “PLUNDER & CONQUEST”

CHAPTER 5: THE TURBULENT FIFTIES

CHAPTER 6: THE GATHERING STORM

CHAPTER 7: COUNTDOWN TO THE NOMINATION

CHAPTER 8: SHOWDOWN IN CHICAGO

CHAPTER 9: “A MAN KNOWS HIS OWN NAME”

CHAPTER 10: “AN INTENSIFIED CROSSWORD PUZZLE”

CHAPTER 11: “I AM NOW PUBLIC PROPERTY”

CHAPTER 12: “MYSTIC CHORDS OF MEMORY”

CHAPTER 13: “THE BALL HAS OPENED”

CHAPTER 14: “I DO NOT INTEND TO BE SACRIFICED”

CHAPTER 15: “MY BOY IS GONE”

CHAPTER 16: “HE WAS SIMPLY OUT-GENERALED”

CHAPTER 17: “WE ARE IN THE DEPTHS”

CHAPTER 18: “MY WORD IS OUT”

CHAPTER 19: “FIRE IN THE REAR”

CHAPTER 20: “THE TYCOON IS IN FINE WHACK”

CHAPTER 21: “I FEEL TROUBLE IN THE AIR”

CHAPTER 22: “STILL IN WILD WATER”

CHAPTER 23: “THERE’S A MAN IN IT!”

CHAPTER 24: “ATLANTA IS OURS”

CHAPTER 25: “A SACRED EFFORT”

CHAPTER 26: THE FINAL WEEKS

EPILOGUE

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