One of the hallmarks of Lincoln's presidency was his leadership style. He possessed the ability to surround himself with people whose opinions differedâ€”sometimes greatlyâ€”from his own. That part of the Lincoln legacy is detailed in the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
The book examines the relationship between Lincoln and the men who were his opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860, William Seward, Salmon Chase and Edward Bates. Goodwin spoke to Eight Forty-Eight's
resident philosopher Al Gini.