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Charles Sperling

Why I like Gore Vidal's *Lincoln*:

It anticipates Doris Kearns Goodwin's *Team of Rivals* with a scene near the end in which Lincoln, on the eve of the second inauguration, notes that he, William Seward and Gideon Welles are the only ones left from the first (yes, there was such a team, but it wasn't in place as long as you might think); and

Vidal has a scene in which Seward muses on how he expected that for the Union to survive, it would need a leader who would be more than a President and less than a dictator. He wasn't sure that there would be such a one (particularly not when he didn't become the sixteenth President!), but he recognizes, to his amazement, that there is such a man in the White House...and his name is Abraham Lincoln.

Salmon Chase would never have been so generous.

George MacDonald Fraser has his anti-hero Harry Flashman meet Abraham Lincoln in *Flash for Freedom!* and Seward in *Flashman and the Angel of the Lord.* Both highly recommended!

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