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.
The author does a great job of researching in-depth detail into Lincoln and those who he surrounded himself with. While strong with new information in the first half of the book, the second half contains information that an avid Lincoln fan already has read several times. A good "listen" nonetheless.
I had little knowledge of Lincoln except the little I remembered from school, and this book really filled that out nicely. Also, I learned about some other important men in our history. The most important lesson from this book is how incredibly right Lincoln was for this time in history; and how much we lost through his death. His focus on integrity and fairness should be an example for all modern leaders.
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How can you not like a good story about Abe Lincoln. He may have been the greatest American of all time. Maybe he was put on this earth to be the one that led to the end of slavery in the USA. I asked my wife how many slaves she thought there were in the USA in 1860, she said 10000. When I told her 4,000,000 she was flabbergasted, that was a lot. America had to go through this war to become the nation we are today and honest Abe was the right man at the right time to do it.
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.