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.
Despite the multitude of books written about Lincoln, it is amazing that we can still learn more about the great man. This is an interesting perspective -- a good insight into how he thought politically about the people around him.
Richard Thomas does a very good job narrating. Move on over to the Manhunt audiobook for the same narrator to continue the story.
This book was wonderful...I couldn't wait to get to my Ipod and was sorry to have it end. Goodwin paints a very full and awesome character.
I loved this book. Not only was it masterfully written and narrated, it inspired me to be a better person. This should be a must for all those who study and aspire to leadership.
Very interesting insight into Lincoln from the perspective of his rivals. Both from what they wrote and from Lincoln's writing and actions in engaging them in his cabinent. A very interesting approach to gain a better understanding of mind of this great President.
Partisan politics is nothing new. Well worth the purchase, this book provides the political insight to Lincoln's winning the Republican ticket for the 1860 presidential election and how the power of personality brought together an administration that met the test of a lifetime. Couldn't have picked a better narrator. Richard Thomas was the perfect choice for depicting the times and politics of Abraham Lincoln.