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Unquiet History 11: the Myth of Rivals

From: Matthew Battles
Series: Unquiet History
Length: 02:38

Is the Team of Rivals a good idea?

Lincolnbedroom1862lincolncabinet_small Influenced by popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Barack Obama may be populating his cabinet with a "team of rivals" in hopes of creating the same tension and energy that helped Abraham Lincoln win the War Between the States. But hold on! According to Civil War historian Matthew Pinsker, the mixture of enemies and rivals nearly proved disastrous for Lincoln, with scandal, backstabbing, and petty infighting drowning out healthy debate.

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Influenced by popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Barack Obama may be populating his cabinet with a "team of rivals" in hopes of creating the same tension and energy that helped Abraham Lincoln win the War Between the States. But hold on! According to Civil War historian Matthew Pinsker, the mixture of enemies and rivals nearly proved disastrous for Lincoln, with scandal, backstabbing, and petty infighting drowning out healthy debate.