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ImageHarper’s Magazine: Team America – Thomas Frank

“To begin with, the book perfectly captures the beloved fatuities of our white-collar priesthood. The appeal of Team of Rivals is built into its very architecture: after Goodwin relates some familiar Civil War anecdote, she invariably ties it to Lincoln’s style of personnel management – this being the true manifestation of his genius. And to every vexing human-relations question, Team of Rivals gives a pat answer. How, for example, does one ride herd over a group of difficult, contentious, even creative people? Goodwin’s Lincoln offers the following counsel: Listen more and blame less. Also: Be sure to relax now and then. Also: Don’t hold grudges.”

 

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