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.
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I really enjoyed this book. I would have enjoyed it more had it not be SO abridged. I ended up buying the book and reading it too. This abridgment really cut out so much of Lincoln’s coalition building and dealt too much in the personalities, admittedly important. I learned so much and ended up backing up many times to re-hear parts over again. Again it would have been better in an unabridged version, or much less abridged. Richard Thomas was an excellent choice as narrator.
a great read that covers the Lincoln Presidency like no other, recommended for all who marvel at this greatest of americans
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.