Doris Kearns Goodwin wins 2006

Doris Kearns Goodwin wins 2006 Lincoln Prize. Even with all the controversy the award is well deserved. In 1996 historian David H. Donald won the award for his biography, Lincoln. The award was fitting given the quality of the study and Donald’s previous scholarship on Lincoln, but the book was more a summation of the state of Lincoln historiography than an original contribution. This is not meant in any way to minimize Donald’s contribution; I say it to draw a comparison with Team of Rivals which does offer a slightly different slant on the Lincoln presidency. You may not agree with it, but it is well written and at times very thought provoking.

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