Winner of the Lincoln Prize 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.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Team of rivals
the political genius of Abraham Lincoln
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005
xix, 916 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Four men waiting
The "longing to rise"
The lure of politics
"Plunder & conquest"
The turbulent fifties
The gathering storm
Countdown to the nomination
Showdown in Chicago
"A man knows his own name"
"An intensified crossword puzzle"
"I am now public property"
Master among men
"Mystic chords of memory" : Spring 1861
"The ball has opened" : Summer 1861
"I do not intend to be sacrificed" : Fall 1861
My boy is gone" : Winter 1862
"He was simply out-generaled" : Spring 1862
"We are in the depths" : Summer 1862
"My word is out" : Fall 1862
"Fire in the rear" : Winter-Spring 1863
"The tycoon is in fine whack" : Summer 1863
"I feel trouble in the air" : Summer-Fall 1863
"Still in wild water" : Fall 1863
"There's a man in it!" : Winter-Spring 1864
"Atlanta is ours" : Summer-Fall 1864
"A sacred effort" : Winter 1864-1865
The final weeks : Spring 1865
Boston Public Library Rare Books copy: book jacket present
Branch Call Number:
E457.45 .G66 2005
Statement of Responsibility:
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Includes bibliographical references and index
United States Politics and government 1861-1865
Presidents United States Biography
Genius Case studies
Political leadership United States Case studies
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Friends and associates
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865