I’m reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s about Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. Those he reached out to in hopes of saving the country, some of whom also happened to be his opponents in the 1860 presidential campaign.
Abraham Lincoln was an astute politician, but he probably wouldn’t get elected today. He dealt with the complex and real, as opposed to the simple and facile. He also demonstrated a lot of selflessness – a rare commodity in people, much less politicians.
It’s one of the longer, heavier books I’ve read lately, and it’s not over yet.