Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Evening -

When a well-read friend told me that Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals - The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," is the best book she has ever read I was skeptical, but I am immersed in it now, and I must say that this book is an absolute must-read. Not only is it well-written, but this group of men and women and the times in which they lived are so fascinating, that it is hard to put it down. It is surprising to realize how politically involved people were in this country in this time period. Politicians were super-stars. I, too, am enchanted.
My memory of Seward was Seward's Folly, which wasn't, but, still, I am enjoying learning more about this amazing man and his wife. This book shows the complexity of decisions, and the astute political maneuvering of Lincoln, a man who absolutely kept his ethics the whole time. It is definitely a top read. Go for it! It is worth the hard cover price, or get it at the library. You will see that time period, and ours, in a whole new way.

As I read further along, I must say Seward oversteps his bounds, and that Lincoln is well up to the challenge. Amazingly, Lincoln takes the blame for all that occurs in his administration, even when he had nothing to do with mistakes. Again, he is a man of honor. I am saddened to read this, and see how clearly we have no leadership now. I think of Truman with his sign, "The buck stops here." I guess in this administration, Cheney would try and shoot the buck, imported by a lobbyist, and hit a friend instead.

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