I've started this book 4 times now and still struggle to get into the book. Just written in an odd style that doesn't lend itself to becoming involved with the book.
I consider myself a minor Civil War buff. I have read a number of Civil War related books. I am always surprised when I find a new take on a subject. I recently thoroughly enjoyed "Manhunt".I enjoyed Team of Rivals also, although there was some new ground for me, but not a lot. I wish the audiobook was not abridged. I may have to read the hard copy and see what i might have missed.
So much has been written about Linclon that it is hard to figure out why anyone would tackle telling the story again. However, this book is a well done narrative from a different perspective. Old facts are retold in a way that freshly describes his leadership greatness, and how much the world has changed. Listen to this book if you want to meet a man that proved that you can live right side up in an upside down world.
Excellent and moving. Narrator was right on the mark with tone and delivery. I've already listened to it twice and enjoyed it greatly both times.
Living in 2007, one doesn't think about how it was to live in an era of slavery. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a master of painting a word picture of this time in our history. I felt like I was like a "fly on the wall" in a time machine watching the events of the mid nineteenth century USA. Ms. Kearns Goodwin demonstrated Lincoln's homespun, common sense tactful approach to dealing with his fellow Republicans, some of whom were an ambitious and jealous lot. This is also a great re-telling of the story of the Civil War from a political perspective. Ms. Kearns Goodwin ties together the personalities of the time and how they reacted to the harshness of war and the assasination of a beloved leader. The book highlights our greatest president, the "gold standard", and makes you think of who may be our worst president.
Not only is this a marvelous book, easy to read, succinct and thorough, it is read beautifully by Richard Thomas.
Anyone who has been involved in office politics will immediately understand Lincoln's dilemma. Not only did he have a union that was dissolving but he also felt the need to keep his enemies (or at least competitors) close. Although his actions seem logical in hindsight, it was my sense that the author overstated the affection between the protagonists and understated the confusion that reigned during the tumultuous Civi War years. Despite the flawed premise of the book, it was a very interesting read (listen). The author imbued each of the main characters with a personality. I will listen to this again.
Doris Kearns Goodwin hit the mark in this biography. She tells what Lincoln was like and what his greatness was.
It is remarkable that his simplicity, decency, directness and brilliance is so rare in the world today.
I think from reading this biography that we can all, why even myself, can apply Lincoln's lesson in directness, a forgiving manner and going for the good result in our lives.
A good, but not great Civil War book. Not much if you are looking for management advice, but it is a good book if you like Civil War works. President Lincoln deserves the title of being one of our greatest presidents.
She's just done a fantastic job with this biography. So many primary sources, and such interesting detail. It's like being there and living it all. Can listen to it all over again.