- The Washington Times - Friday, February 10, 2006


Doris Kearns Goodwin has won the 2006 Lincoln Prize for her book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

The Lincoln Prize, administered by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute at Gettysburg College and endowed by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, is the nation’s most generous award in the field of American history. Mrs. Goodwin is the 16th winner of the annual award, which focuses on the Civil War and related subjects.

Mrs. Goodwin will be awarded $50,000 and a large bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ bust of Lincoln at ceremonies on April 6 at the Union League Club in New York City.

Mr. Gilder and Mr. Lehrman said the book “is a once-in-a-generation achievement that has drawn hundreds of thousands of new readers into history’s greatest story.”

The jury for the 2006 prize gave honorable mention to three other books: “The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-1864” by Carol Bundy; “The Color of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History — Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle” by Margaret Creighton; and “Harvard’s Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry” by Richard F. Miller.

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