June 28th 2010
Team of Rivals. The political genius of Abraham Lincoln. Doris Kearns Goodwin. 2005. ISBN 9780743270755. 754 pp 9 point type of absolute wonderful insights into the man, the times and the context. It follows Lincoln from being the very outside choice of the brand new Republican party through to his assignation as the Civil War is being won. He built his Cabinet of the very people who most strongly ran against him for the job! As you are drawn back to those times you see how ‘messy’ democracy is. I was most interested in the roots of the Democratic Party in the South as the pro-slavery party. Not til Clinton were the democrats truly brought to the Liberal centre. The Republicans started out as the Liberal, pro reform party. How things have changed. what has not changed is the awarding of lucrative posts, contracts, political rewards, personal lobbying and so on. It is quite amusing to hear the liberal “goody goodies” complaining about corruption on a grand scale in Asia and the Middle East, when the Union itself was as full of the same things. This is a book for leaders, politicians, history buffs and those interested in why Americans do what they do. Thanks to David Moulton for lending it to me.
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