Team of Rivals

Published in 2005 by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history. It offers fresh insights into Lincoln's leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. By examining Lincoln's relationships with the men he selected for his cabinet – among them William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860 – the author provides a “master class” in leadership, service, values and principles. A Team of Rivals is about how Lincoln soothed egos, turned rivals into allies, and dealt with many challenges to his leadership, all for the sake of the greater good

Gen Welsh

CSAF Message

The three Airmen who submitted this book were spot-on when they recognized threads of integrity, service, and excellence in President Abraham Lincoln's political journey.  This book is a wonderful reminder that values are a human application, not a strictly military one…and as critical in the political arena as they are in our own.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

About The Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, having won the Pulitzer in history for No Ordinary Time, a book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II. She is also the author of a memoir, Wait Till Next Year; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys; and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.