After seeing the film, Lincoln, I decided to read the book on which it was based. The book is called Team of Rivals by Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin. First, let me say that the film is only based on the latter part of the book, which is something I didn't realize when I first started to read it. However, that fact did not in anyway decrease this enjoyable read. If anything, it enhanced the book immensely.
Goodwin starts the book on the eve of the Republican Party Convention in Chicago in 1860, the year Abraham Lincoln was nominated to run for President as a Republican. Although the book is focused on Lincoln and his political genius, it is by no means only about Lincoln. Goodwin paints a fantastic picture of this country's political giants and strife before and during the Civil War. She provides detailed background on all of the individuals who were involved in the turmoil of that time. Goodwin brings history alive with thousands of quotes from letters, newspapers, and diaries to provide a vivid imagery of the plots, and subplots involving the politicians of that time, but also the everyday citizens, soldiers, and generals.
The one thing that I warn any potential readers is the fact that it a long book. It is almost 1000 pages. But, it is well worth the read.