When Lincoln won the presidential election on May 18, 1860, his rivals were not happy. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each candidate had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery slid towards secession and civil war. Lincoln's character gave him a boost above his more privileged rivals, as he was able to extend empathy to all men, everywhere. This insightful book look's at Lincoln's political acumen, as well as the members of his cabinet that he drafted. 994 pages.