Last night, I finished reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and I want to recommend it to anyone who loves politics, Lincoln, and/or history. Or, psychology. It was published in 2005, but I just got around to reading it (hurricanes, graduations, etc. etc.)
Thoroughly engrossing, this is not just another Lincoln biography. It’s about things you know, but from a perspective you may not have seen before. It is an in-depth look at the personalities and atmosphere of the middle of the 19th century, and the effects they had on us all.
Using direct quotes from diaries, letters, public documents, newspapers and more, complete with original abbreviations and misspellings, it is like being part of the “in crowd” at one of the most important junctures of American history. And because of the quotes, it’s as if you are hanging out with all these people, with all their quirky habits, watching them live their lives and change the world.