Team of Rivals
I just finished my 750 page book on Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet members, Team of Rivals, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say that it is an easy read or even remotely a quick read, but it was well worth the time and energy spent on it. Not only am I even more fascinated by Lincoln as president, but I felt a surprising sense of remorse over how things ended. He had just accomplished the greatest challenge of his life and then didn’t have the opportunity to build from there. The insights from this book concerning Lincoln’s leadership and character with others is something that has shaped my own views and will continue to for years to come. Here is a quote from Leo Tolstoy in the book:
“Now, why was Lincoln so great that he overshadows all other national heroes? He really was not a great general like Napoleon or Washington; he was not such a skillful statesman as Gladstone or Frederick the Great; but his supremacy expresses itself altogether in his peculiar moral power and in the greatness of his character. Washington was a typical American. Napoleon was a typical Frenchman, but Lincoln was a humanitarian as broad as the world. He was bigger than his country–bigger than all the Presidents together.”
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