Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin - 9/10
Waaaaay better than the version of Abraham Lincoln I learned about in high school, although that's not exactly a difficult test to pass. While Lincoln's most well-known traits (honesty, patience, and empathy) are evident early on in the book, Goodwin shows how those characteristics pale in comparison to his political foresight. Lincoln seems to sense exactly when he can get enough public support to pursue something, and how to slowly whittle away at the plans of his opponents. It was funny how every member of his cabinet had an axe to grind with another member, and Lincoln was apparently the only person that perceived how those grudges were not going to play out well in the long run.
Between this book, several NPR interviews, and what I saw on the Ken Burns Roosevelt special, I'm really starting to like Doris Kearns Goodwin.