Team of Rivals Book Review (2020) – The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

This is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of President Lincoln. This acclaimed historian succeeds in writing one of the most well written and narrated biographies of this man who managed to succeed in so much throughout his life. You get to see in this book how Lincoln managed to beat his rivals, what was that special thing that made him the victor countless of times in different things.

If you have been wanting to hear the full story about this man who inspired so many and did so much good and you haven’t had the chance of reading everything there is about him, then this book makes sure you find out everything that is important about Abraham Lincoln in a nicely packed book.

Although the book is still around 900 pages long, this book review of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln will make sure you know exactly what awaits you before you start reading the full biography.

Team of Rivals book, like any biography, does tell you a lot of personal things about Lincoln but the more important focus of the story is Lincoln’s presidency and how he manages to beat three of the most gifted and highly educated rivals who opposed him. Abraham, on the other hand, wasn’t as lucky as the others, he wasn’t famous or popular like his opponents William H. Seward, Edward Bates, and Salmon P. Chase. However, this one-term congressman and prairie lawyer still managed to run one of the most significant presidencies ever seen in America.

The day of May 18, 1860, was a day that all of these four people waited in their hometowns with so much impatience and stress because that day could have been the biggest day of any one of their lives. As they all sit and wait for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago, the news finally arrived with the message bearing that Abraham Lincoln was the winner. This news definitely struck his rivals badly and to no one’s surprise, they were all angry and concerned about what happens next.

We simply can’t explain every important detail from those 900 pages of the biography in this Team of Rivals book review, but we manage to tell you what kinds of things you can expect as you find out the whole story of this truly brilliant man for yourself.

The book also tells you about Lincoln’s work all throughout the 1850s as he still sought the presidency while he was dealing with countless other things as the events that were going on outside like the conflict over slavery leading to secession and war weren’t making things any easier for anyone. But, Doris Kearns Goodwin manages to show you why and how Lincoln still manages to win and what skill contributed to his victory the most.

The fact that Lincoln has had more experience in solving hard problems even from the beginning of his career is a crucial thing about his victory. Those experiences help by rising Lincoln above his more privileged and accomplished opponents. And probably the most important skill that he has that helped Abraham make the most extraordinary of decisions was his ability to put himself in the shoes of other people and see what it would look like for the others after a crucial decision about anything was made.

This is not even half of the story about this man’s life and his super fun to read career journey. Definitely check out Team of Rivals book for yourself if you want to find out how great men become even greater.

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Michael Englert

Michael Englert

Michael is a graduate of cultural studies and history. He enjoys a good bottle of wine and (surprise, surprise) reading. As a small-town librarian, he is currently relishing the silence and peaceful atmosphere that is prevailing.