In this book, the characters of Lincoln and his cabinet are fully revealed through the writings and observations of those who knew them best. The characters almost jump off the page and the events are described in such detail as to have the listener wanting more. Richard Thomas does a great job of narrating. I am recommending this book to everyone.
This is a pretty banal history of Lincoln during the Civil War. I was interested in it because Hillary Clinton and President Obama are both reported to have both read and liked it. (And there are some really interesting parallels between Lincoln/Seward and Obama/Clinton.)
But there is apparently not enough history out there about the relationships in Lincoln's cabinet to flesh out Goodwin's theme. "Team of Rivals" is really a new marketing angle for the same old stuff.
I listened to this book and enjoyed it so much I read it on paper. I'm drawn to this era of American history, and love learning about the people who made the history, not just the facts of what happened. Ms. Goodwin came through with a non-fiction description of Abraham Lincoln's days before the war on up to his death. I normally enjoy fiction, but this was so well written, paced, and joined together it could have been fictional. I understand Mr. Obama is a fan of drawing together diverse opinions in much the same way Mr. Lincoln triumphed with his cabinet, the "team of rivals."
Ms. Goodwin's ability to tell a compelling historical story in a contemporary context is clearly evident in this relevant rendering of the Lincoln mystique.
DKG makes Lincoln come alive and illuminates the intricacies and subtle nuances of his psyche that remind of his humanity and his near divinity.
"John Boy"'s recognizable voice enhances the narrative and offers the comfort of familiarity.
I kept waiting for him to recite his iconic "Good Night Grandpa" line from the Waltons.
This book is amazing. I loved its depth and pace. I felt like I was there in Lincolns time and presence. The narration was well done and I was amazed at how little I new about Lincoln. At the end of this listening I felt as if I had been robbed by my educators. They never expressed or discussed the greatness that was Lincoln.
Lover of the written word. Or the recorded written word. Favorites are nonfiction, history and investing/trading.
A highly recommended book for anyone who is a fan of Lincoln, the Civil War, or American History.
Teddy Roosevelt is an amazing historical figure and this story shows yet another dimension to his greatness and his character. A well read and well written book!