1. Tony Kushner on Abraham Lincoln’s political genius:

The man was just kind of a miracle worker in terms of finessing almost impossible circumstances and getting a result that he felt that he needed. It was a combination of cunning [and] ruthlessness –- he was sometimes very hard on his friends and asked them to make terrible sacrifices of their own ambitions.

And you can listen to an interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals,” which was a major source for Kushner while writing the screenplay for the new Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln.”
(Photo credit: Joan Marcus-Hores/Dreamworks Pictures and 20th Century Fox)

    Tony Kushner on Abraham Lincoln’s political genius:

    The man was just kind of a miracle worker in terms of finessing almost impossible circumstances and getting a result that he felt that he needed. It was a combination of cunning [and] ruthlessness –- he was sometimes very hard on his friends and asked them to make terrible sacrifices of their own ambitions.

    And you can listen to an interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals,” which was a major source for Kushner while writing the screenplay for the new Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln.”

    (Photo credit: Joan Marcus-Hores/Dreamworks Pictures and 20th Century Fox)

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