Goodwin’s unique approach to writing about Abraham Lincoln’s presidency included researching and including information about the men that Lincoln selected to be his Cabinet: William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates. She also added his Secretaries of War Simon Cameron and Edward Stanton, and what followed was a well-researched excellent perspective on the challenges Lincoln faced which highlighted his abilities to unify a Cabinet full of rivals and a nation at war.
I can’t say enough to recommend Team of Rivals. From the first pages, the stories of these men, who are often at odds with each other, are fascinating. For the reader, it lends a depth of understanding of the time, that a Lincoln biography alone would not be able to convey. The truth of Lincoln’s compassion and genius becomes even more evident when placed in this context.
A truly impressive work!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2005