Abraham Lincoln was a great and inspiring man. Even after many years of his death many writers and historians still uncovered new documents in search of a greater understanding of the sixteenth president of the United States, as did the author of The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Goodwin. Goodwin tied the stories of Lincoln’s three main rivals in the 1860 Republican presidential nomination, Chase, Seward, and Bates, to show the life of this notable man. All four, including Abraham Lincoln, studied law and entered politics, even though Lincoln had a different and complicated background. Lincoln tried two consecutive contests for the U.S. Senate, but was rejected both times. Subsequently, and as a surprise for his rivals, Lincoln won the nomination. This was a result of hard work, emotional strength, and a fierce ambition he possessed. After the nomination, Lincoln decided to incorporate his rivals into his political family. All members of his administration were better known and more experienced in public life than Lincoln. The team of rivals soon became Lincoln’s closest friends and admirers. Lincoln was a political genius and this was revealed through his unique personal value. With an outstanding empathy, compassion, and kindness, he was able to deal with the strong egos of the men in his cabinet, and befriend his rivals, who could have been eternally opposed to him (Goodwin, 57).
Goodwin, Doris K. "The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."