This book is an excellent story of Abraham Lincoln and his "Team of Rivals" I have suggested this book to numerous people based upon my listening to it. Richard Thomas does a great job narrating it. This book is a must have.
It is rare for me to stick with a history book--so many "characters," events, dates to keep track of by ear. But Goodwin does not clutter her writing, and helps keep tbings coherent--and deeply engaging.
Best book on Lincoln I have read (listened to). Easy to listen to. Enlightening. The historical as well as personal sides of the Lincoln family successes, struggles, characters, hopes and dreams are portrayed nicely. This is not a dry documentary. It reads more like a novel.
The arguing in the Cabinet in Lincoln times seems awful similar as in our time. This gives you some glimpse into what is happening today and surprised me how contentious cabinets probably have always been.
Seems superficial. May be the abridgement, as others have noted. Also, surprisingly bad writing in places. Overall the entire book would be benefited by taking out every word with an "ly" on the end. Too much hagiography of Lincoln and not enough history. A fascinating era of history and a giant of a man. Does not need any intensifying.
The book definitely reveals the character of Lincoln, and I like the concept of highlighting Lincoln against those he had in his cabinet. Whether you know something of Lincoln or this would be your first read on him, I think you'll learn quite a bit.
I will likely listen to it again or even buy the written copy.
The narration was just average; not annoying, not fabulous.
Ms. Goodwin explores the actual politics of the politician Mr. Lincoln, his presidency and what made him so unique in not surrounding himself with yes-men. This also caused a constitutional crisis because it was obvious that there was discord within the cabinet, which the congress tried to use to paralyze the executive. In the resolution of that crisis, an important threat to the US system was averted.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is perhaps one of today's most descriptive and prolific writers to grace the written page.
"Team of Rivals" brings you to the time of civil unrest in our country's history replete with the Lincoln perspective, as well as his "Team of Rivals".
Wonderfully written, and Richard Thomas is a superb narrator.
Goodwin provides a level of detail not readily available on the subject in such consise format. While so much has been written and discussed regarding the 16th president, this unusual angle really rounds out the picture. His mastery of human emotion and political skill can truly be apprciated when you understand the genious and challenges of surrounding yourself with your largest rivals. Imagine a modern politician doing something like that!!!!!
The author does an amazing job of portraying the presidency of the legendary man of Abraham Lincoln. I found myself listening to this at every available moment when I had originally downloaded it for my runs. I gave it a four star only because it is abridged as I would have liked to have heard the entire book.