There are few amongst us who would not place Abraham Lincoln near, or at, the top of their list of greatest human beings to ever walk the face of the earth. It difficult to believe one man could possess such qualities. Industry, strength, philosophical reasoning, logic, understanding, compassion. If you want to learn how to be a better person, read this book. In addition, this book is a fantastic look inside the day to day life of an American president. The internal tensions, debates, and political maneuverings are laid out in great and fascinating detail. In the end this book will help you understand what it truly means to be an American.
This was a remarkable work on one of the most remarkable men who ever lived. This book was very powerful and very moving. I really felt like I was there with Lincoln throughout this narration. The reading was perfectly paced, clear and very well done. I almost feel like starting the biography over again immediately after finishing it.
Of the many Lincoln biographies that I have read , Team of Rivals is the most the most complete and compelling of all. It is a priceless work.
Superbly written and expertly read, Team of Rivals takes you on an in depth tour of 1860s American political life. The narration is as if Ken Burns directed it-- vivid and emotive, it really brings the world of Abraham Lincoln to life!
I absolutely loved the print version of this book, and I would hesitate to say that this audio version is better, but it really was better, I think. The narrator's presentation made it exquisitely and palpably rich in a way that my visual reading did not, though, again, I loved reading the visual version.
Doris Kearns Goodwin brings Lincoln and those about him to life. She writes history with as much richness as others write novels. These characters are fully fleshed and richly alive.
At over 40 hours of listening, this book was, perhaps, a little daunting to begin, but that changed in the first chapter, I think; and now that it is finished, I am in grief that I won't be returning to it; 40 hours wasn't long enough. This is a book to savor on the journey of its unfoldment.
I am glad to have read the book in its visual format, and profoundly glad that I followed that up (several years later) with reading it in this absolutely perfect audio format.The narrator, by the way, could not have been better.
the way this book paints Lincoln and the men that would make up his cabinet is superbly done. Each man that Lincoln nominated would bring a unique view to his administration. These men, who had come through all walks of life, worked with one of the greatest presidents this country has ever known. his compassion toward those who shunned him, and the willingness to let bygones be bygones is what made him legendary. It makes you wonder, what the country, what reconstruction would have been like if he had lived. highly recommend it for anyone who loves Lincoln.