In the fall of 2005, Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin published her critically acclaimed book about the Abraham Lincoln cabinet, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The book focuses on President Lincoln's desire to fill his cabinet, not with loyalist, but with the best and brightest his party and the country had to offer. The concept was so novel, because the country was more divided than in any point in American history. The nation itself was being torn apart by the scourge of slavery. Mr. Lincoln knew that he might not be able to prevent civil war, but he knew he needed the best minds he could muster to keep the nation whole. This book was so popular that it helped inspire President Barack Obama's cabinet selections.
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