Team of Rivals

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Ranked #1 in Presidents, Ranked #1 in US Historysee more rankings.

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...

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftI loved Goodwin’s Team of Rivals and highly recommend this one too. (Source)

Barack Obama Former USA PresidentThe Oval office can be a lonely place, so reading about your forefather’s experience could only help. “The biographies have been useful, because I do think that there’s a tendency, understandable, to think that whatever’s going on right now is uniquely disastrous or amazing or difficult,” said President Obama in an interview. (Source)

Kobe Bryant Basketball Player / LA LakersI loved Team of Rivals, and Leadership really built on the things I had taken away from that book. Moving from basketball to building a company, I needed to learn new and different leadership skills, and Goodwin outlines the different skill-sets of Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and Lyndon Johnson, accessibly. (Source)

Maya Zlatanova I personally motivate myself by biographies like the one of Lincoln. (Source)

Brene Brown Ten years in the making, Goodwin’s book examines how Lincoln turned rivals into allies for the sake of the greater good. Goodwin argues that Lincoln’s ability to select and work with the best people was one of the key reasons he was able to lead the nation through one of its darkest periods. (Source)

Benjamin Spall I'm currently reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin [...] I've been waiting to read [it] for years, and while I'm only fifty or so pages in I'm already loving it. (Source)

Glenn Kirschner “Not immune to advice” is a beautiful thing. In fact, a team of rivals produces the best, most informed decisions, IMO. It’s also one heck of a book - Team of Rivals - by @DorisKGoodwin (Source)

Scott Belsky [Scott Belsky recommended this book on the podcast "The Tim Ferriss Show".] (Source)

Adam Townsend Team of rivals was a fantastic book, thoroughly enjoyable, but total revisionist history. (Source)

Alastair Campbell This is just about the best book on politics I’ve ever read. You have to be a bit careful because with somebody like Lincoln there is such mass of material out there, but what Doris Kearns Goodwin has managed to do is to give it a freshness and a depth that is very rare – it’s an unputdownable historical account. (Source)

Antonio Villaraigosa For all the attention this work has received, I’m surprised we haven’t taken to heart what Lincoln tried to accomplish during a time of crisis [the American civil war]. Lincoln faced one of the greatest challenges to a presidency, but he understood that he needed the people around him – no matter their previous relationship or ideological differences – to steer through a crisis together and fight for the greater good. It’s a valuable lesson for all of us. Strong leaders must always find a way to build a coalition, to build the broadest consensus to move the cause forward. Lincoln set the... (Source)

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