I loved this book. This is the first audiobook that I've chosen to listen to more then once. It's accessible, but not at the expense of thoroughness, and does a good job focusing on the thesis of Lincoln's political genius without getting bogged down in the details of his time. It is especially timely as well. Highly recommended.
As an adult i have not been a student of this period of history. Thus the information about President Lincoln's cabinet was new and fascinating. The prose was excellent, the character development was perhaps overly concise [see below], and the emotions the story evoked profound and at the end, devastating. My only disappointment was that it an abridged book, i would have bought the print edition had i realized this.
This blook is well written and well researched. Although one knows the outcome before starting, it is quite suspenseful! After listening to it, I have a much clearer picture of Lincoln, his contemporaries and the Civil War itself. I would recommend this book highly.
This book looks at the personal strengths of our greatest President. We need another like him. Would have enjoyed the book more with a differant reader, however. Richard Thomas's bland voice often seems strained and does not inspire.
Maybe an unabridged read would be better; maybe the book is better. I hope so. This abridged audio version is disappointing and I think not a balanced account of Lincoln, and offers nothing new about his life and times. Since I respect and admire Ms. Goodwin, I choose to blame the editor. This version portrays Lincoln as one who never made an error, never said a wrong word, always had terrific insight and wisdom, and everything worked out just the way he planned it. The celebrated depression often written about elsewhere is never mentioned. I had to keep checking the title to ensure I was hearing about Lincoln and not Jesus Christ. I loved the author's previous work on FD and Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one sounds like a gushing letter from a teenage girl with a heart throb crush. Sorry I can't rate it higher - I expected more and was disappointed.
American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.
This book should be required reading for all future presidents. Ms. Goodwin's knowledge and research on Lincoln's skillful use of the brightest minds, through the human conditions that burden or hinder the tasks at hand was brilliant in the telling. The book left me with a better understanding of this critical period and the difficulty Lincoln faced in managing a country torn apart at every level of political office and authority. Superbly written and narrated.
I saw this book laying on someone desk and became interested. I had a long overseas flight and needed a good book. I made the mistake to starting to listen before I left. I could not stop. Thankfully I had some of the 32 hours left for the flight. You will not be disappointed.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was a very interesting account of Lincoln's dealings with the people and events around him. It is not what I expected, however. I thought it would be as much about the people around Lincoln instead of just him. However, most of the book is centered on Lincoln himself. The subtitle "The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" would have been the better title for the work.
Also, while the audio presentation was well done, there were no chapter breaks presented in the audio, or the audio file. That makes it difficult to track from session to session.
Still, it was interesting subject matter for anyone who enjoys this period in history.
I find the historical significance of this book fascinating. Doris Kearns Goodwin gives vivid insight into Lincolns thinking. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Abe Lincolns Presidency.