This is as good a book as I have ever read. It is extremely readable. Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a book that is alive – a story of personalities — in a way a giant drama. The stories of Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln, New York’s William H. Seward, Ohio’s Salmon P. Chase and Edwin Stanton, Pennsylvania’s Simon Cameron and Missouri’s Edward Bates fill the pages of this great book. The book gives back ground on the lives of all the men. It gives use the story of the civil war from inside the cabinet and White House. It is a work for the ages that may well earn Doris Kearns Goodwin another Pulitzer Prize in History. Team of Rivals is worth the purchase price. No matter how many books you have read on Lincoln or the civil war, your education is incomplete until you read Team of Rivals. The book is a must for every personal, public, and educational institution library.