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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Please Note: Since Ms. Kearns Goodwin has not lived in Illinois, the only book of hers listed in the Illinois Authors Wiki is her book about Abraham Lincoln - an Illinois subject of of interest. Please see her webpage to learn more about her other books.

Biography: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential Historian.


Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

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ISBN: 1410457907 OCLC: 61479616

This multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history. Historian Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals to become president. When Lincoln emerged as the victor at the Republican National Convention, his rivals were dismayed. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery led inexorably to civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was because of his extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this that enabled Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union.