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

Edward Bates, attorney general; William H. Seward, secretary of state; Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war; Salmon P. Chase, Treasury secretary. Source: Mathew Brady/Corbis; Time Life Pictures/Getty Images; Mathew Brady/Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Edward Bates, attorney general; William H. Seward, secretary of state; Edwin M. Stanton, secretary of war; Salmon P. Chase, Treasury secretary.
Source: Mathew Brady/Corbis; Time Life Pictures/Getty Images; Mathew Brady/Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Like American icons and Founding Fathers Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin are linked to the period of the American Revolutionary War, Lincoln is associated with the horrific growing pains experienced during the American Civil War, however, Lincoln’s feats extend far beyond the boundaries of our own nation, transcending to global proportions.

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First Family – Abigail & John Adams by Joseph Ellis

My second Joseph Ellis, I’ve come to enjoy his ‘to the point’, ‘no frills’ style of writing. Though McCullough’s “John Adams”, which is cited by Ellis, provides a more in depth and detailed version of much of the same material, Ellis tells it in fewer words, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

The name George Washington is so deeply ingrained into American culture, that it would be easy to dismiss reading his biography as old hat and blase. Sometimes, however, it is good to go ahead and dive into a biography like that anyway – perhaps there is new insight to be gained into an old, familiar character.

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The Innocent by David Baldacci

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I like a good, action packed, thriller in between historical biographies and such, and David Baldacci never fails to deliver. Though his novels are considered fiction, you have to wonder how close his story lines are to real life scenarios, he is obviously very knowledgeable of his subject matter. Every Baldacci I’ve read (this is the 3rd), I’ve enjoyed even more than the previous.

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The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Not only a biographical account of two of our greatest presidents during times of tremendous change, this work by 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History recipient, Doris Kearns Goodwin, details the birth and impact of investigative (muckraking) reporting on society in describing Sam MClure’s magazine staff consisting of Ida Tarbell, John Phillips, Ray Stannard Baker, Lincoln Steffens and William Allen White during the “Golden Age of Journalism”.

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