Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register Now to see X-MEN First Class!
Feature
Five For The Diary: Books To Read Before Oscar Season
Prepare yourself for this year’s awards contenders

submit to reddit

1 2 3 4 5
Back 2 of 5 Next
Five For The Diary: Books To Read Before Oscar Season | 2. Team Of Rivals
2. Team Of Rivals

THE BOOK Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2005)
THE FILM Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE If we learned anything from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it’s that you can’t just canonise Lincoln and leave it at that. It’s important to dig into the mythology of America’s most beloved president, and that’s what historian Kearns Goodwin does here. Only, unlike Seth Grahame-Smith, she leaves out the undead and focuses on the political shenanigans that enabled Lincoln to do what he did for the country. This book concentrates on how Lincoln co-opted the support of his former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination (think Obama appointing Clinton as Head of State) and managed to finagle the lot to win the Civil War and bring about the abolition of slavery.

Steven Spielberg optioned the book a good four years before publication, having met with Goodwin back in 1999 when she was consulting on another project. For years this was envisaged as a Liam Neeson-starring vehicle; in the event, we’ll see Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead when the film arrives in the UK on January 25, in a cast that also includes (deep breath) Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, Bruce McGill, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Tim Blake Nelson, Gloria Reuben, Walter Goggins, James Spader and David Oyelowo. Let’s hope they all rival one another’s acting best, eh?

DO SAY “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
DON'T SAY “Is this a sequel to Rivals? I didn’t know Jilly Cooper was working on one!”

1 2 3 4 5
Back
2 of 5
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1
I'm not usually one to complain about these features, but no Cloud Atlas? More

Posted by AxlReznor on Monday October 1, 2012, 17:09

2 Quick Correction
Sal Paradise was Kerouac's alter ego in On the Road, Dean Moriarty was based upon his friend Neal Cassady. Although, you'll be pleased to hear that Burroughs and Ginsberg also have literary equivalents in the novel and I'm guessing, film. All three at once! More

Posted by Roll on Monday October 1, 2012, 15:02

3 No Maguire in Life of Pi
I was sure I read somewhere that Tobey Maguire was cut out of Life of Pi and replaced with Rafe Spall because Magure was too famous or something. Shame... More

Posted by Mclovin94 on Monday October 1, 2012, 11:06


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

The 10 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2014
Empire's pick of the Croisette's finest

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Who’s In Spider-Man’s Sinister Six?
A bluffer’s guide to the planned spin-off from the Amazing Spider-films

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Hollywood's Biggest Names On Their Favourite Films
Stars and directors like Nolan, Whedon, Wright and Ford on the films that inspire them

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)