Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

This past weekend I saw Stephen Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln,   and was amazed at the outstanding performances by Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.  These fine actors  were joined by more Oscar-worthy performances from a cast that included: Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and Joseph Gordon- Levitt.  I literally felt like I was watching history in the making as Lincoln came to life on the screen– not just Lincoln, the president, but also Lincoln the husband and father.

The movie is not a retelling of Lincoln’s life, but rather a brief but important period where Lincoln is trying to get the 13th amendment passed.  Spielberg bases his movie on the book, Team of Rivals:  the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  My one regret before seeing the movie was not reading this book beforehand.    If you haven’t read the book, put it on reserve as either book or audiobook.  You’ll want to know more about this remarkable story and  this important part of our country’s history which certainly reverberates with the political atmosphere in our country today.  Here is a trailer for the movie.  Go see it!!

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