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Goodwin's Lincoln bio wins $50,000 prize

‘Team of Rivals’ receives honors for depiction of Civil-War era history
/ Source: The Associated Press

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals,” her best-selling account of Abraham Lincoln and the former political foes who became members of his cabinet, has won the Lincoln Prize for an outstanding work about the president and/or the Civil War.

Goodwin, whose book has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, will receive $50,000.

“‘Team of Rivals’ is both a scholarly achievement and a national best seller,” Lincoln Prize chairman Gabor Borritt said Friday in a statement. “It reflects the years of research that its author devoted to her project, as well as the dazzling craft that only the most gifted writers can muster.”

Goodwin won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for “No Ordinary Time,” her biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. “Team of Rivals” is her first book since she acknowledged four years ago that a previous work, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” contained material closely resembling the writings of another author.

No such allegations have been made against “Team of Rivals,” which has been praised by numerous scholars, including Lincoln Prize winners David Herbert Donald and James M. McPherson.

The Lincoln Prize, given to works intended for “the literate general public,” was co-founded in 1990 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman.