Question by dwhite389: Has anyone read Gore Vidal’s book “Lincoln”? I have but am curious what others might think of it.
To me, Gore Vidal has written the latter 20th century’s finest historical fiction and Lincoln is the finest work of his. What I would be really interested to know is : has anyone read Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”. I think it is a fine history book of the civil war and the man who led us into it and brought us out of it whole. Has anyone read both and how does the novel stack up to the History book?
Answer by Katknit
Lincoln is a terrific novelized bio, very well researched and presented. It brings Lincoln to life in the eyes of the reader.
Team of Rivals is about more than Lincoln alone. It also talks a lot about Seward, Chase, Stanton, and other cabinet members, and how their relationship with Lincoln evolved over time. The point is that Lincoln was smart and confident enough to invite others who disagreed with himself and the others on many points, but who had a lot to offer, to work together on his team.
So, I’d say, the two books are different, but both do justice to Lincoln’s humanity and political brilliance.
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