History: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

From the Guardian....

Tolstoy called Lincoln "so great he overshadows all other national heroes". This Pulitzer prize-winning life does ample justice to the "moral power" the novelist admired, but also reflects the peerlessly eloquent orator; the stoical head of a family afflicted by death and depression; and, above all, the shrewd manager of men who riskily gave cabinet posts to the better-known trio he beat to the 1860 Republican nomination - William Seward, Salmon Chase and Edward Bates. What makes Team of Rivals such a rich experience is that it's a team of books, combining an absorbing psychological study, a group biography of the four rivals and their families, a history of the civil war as viewed from the White House, and a vivid, West Wing-like portrayal of two presidential campaigns and Washington infighting. Barack Obama (who rightly calls it "wonderful") famously used it as a manual in picking his own cabinet; he may now find it also a source of comfort, showing that even Lincoln sometimes chose the wrong guy.

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  • Luanne B.

    Must cancel, family coming in

    July 29

  • marc s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOWkI9CU_jw Kate Hepburn. Brings tears to my eyes.

    July 28

  • Susan M.

    I'm confirming reservations today - please change your rsvp today if you can't make it on Wednesday.

    July 28

    • Susan M.

      Great link and John Williams in his score for 'Lincoln' used an excerpt from "The Battle Cry of Freedom" in the track "Call to Muster and Battle Cry", with vocals performed by the Chicago Symphony Chorus and music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

      July 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay ! lol After watching that on You tube i'm sorry I did not read the book ( while involved in another project) in time for the discussion.

    1 · July 23

  • Shoshana

    Egads - been so busy forgot to buy the book. Lucky they have a Kindle version. Starting today and will do my best!

    1 · July 17

    • marc s.

      It's not as long as it seems, lots of note. Although they will be on the midterm.

      1 · July 17

    • Susan M.

      Marc - if anyone can make up a midterm, you've got me vote.

      July 22

  • Susan M.

    Looking forward to this one - and we do have a writer in our midst (Marc)

    July 22

  • Karen L.

    This is such an amazing book - I think I'm finally near the end and have loved every minute of it!

    1 · July 9

    • Susan M.

      I agree - can't wait to discuss it with you!

      July 9

  • Susan M.

    Just a request - if you aren't going to make it.. let us know before the meetup

    June 25

  • Erin

    944 pages?! I'd better order it now and get started :P Sounds interesting, though :)

    June 14

  • Donna

    Sorry, I'll be out of town.

    June 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks really good but seeing how I am signed up now for several books, I have to figure out how to get to all of them all. I just need a little magic.

    June 12

    • Susan M.

      We all understand - hope you can fit this in though!

      June 12

  • Anthony

    I've been wanting to read this, so good timing!

    June 12

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