Abraham Lincoln

Although birthdays of famous heroes are the dates usually celebrated, today is worth noting as the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death.

Has the length of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s historical chronicle – A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – kept you from trying to read it?

If you start, you may get hooked.    The first section introduces you to Lincoln before he was nominated to be President, and is a suspenseful accounting of the politics that mirror today.   You know Lincoln is nominated and elected, but Goodwin’s reporting will still keep you wondering what happens.     And, if you’ve not heard the influence the book had on our current President, Lincoln’s appointment of his rival to be Secretary of State will bring you home.

A Team of Rivals is a book that you can take in sections and not necessarily all at once.    It’s a history lesson worth knowing.