The Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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When historian Doris Kearns Goodwin takes on the story of a president, she swings for the fences. And she's delivered, with out-of-the-park successful biographies of JFK, LBJ and, above all, the big FDR biography "No Ordinary Time," which won Goodwin the Pulitzer Prize.

Trouble is, her critics say, she's played with a corked bat. In 2002, a barrage of plagiarism charges knocked Goodwin out of her seat as America's prime-time historian.

Now, Goodwin's back, with a huge and moving history of Abraham Lincoln and the men who surrounded him in America's trial by fire in the Civil War.

Hear a conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin about the political genius of Abraham Lincoln, and her own historian's trial by fire.


Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of the bestselling "No Ordinary Time." Her new book is "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

This program aired on November 7, 2005.


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