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Team of Rivals

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award book
US Simon & Schuster
UK & Comm Penguin
Winner of six literary prizes inlcuding the Lincoln Prize

Selected as Book of the Year by Jeremy Paxman and Robert Harris

More than one million copies sold

Winner of the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History. Team of Rivals was also a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and New York Times bestseller. Steven Spielberg has acquired the rights to the book and is developing a feature film based on it.

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war.

Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for Team of Rivals

Audio Rights


The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.


Translation Rights Sold

Chinese Complex
Locus Publishing Company
Chinese Simple
Mainland China
Changsha Senxin Culture Dissemination Ltd
Euromedia Group
Editions Michel Lafon
Chuokoron Sha Inc
Book 21
Distribuidora Record
Nash Format
National Political Publishing House
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A remarkable study in leadership. Barack Obama

I have not enjoyed a history book as much for years. Robert Harris

The knowledge gained here about these three significant figures who well attended Lincoln gain for the reader an even keener appreciation of the rare individual that he was. Brad Hooper
Booklist (starred review)
Full Review

An elegant, incisive study.... Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery. James M. McPherson
The New York Times Book Review

Goodwin's narrative abilities... are on full display here, and she does an enthralling job of dramatizing... crucial moments in Lincoln's life.... A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius. Michiko Kakutani
The New York Times

Splendid, beautifully written.... Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts... into a fluid narrative.... This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years. John Rhodehamel
The Los Angeles Times

Endlessly absorbing....[A] lovingly rendered and masterfully fashioned book. Jay Winik
The Wall Street Journal