I would recommend Team of Rivals with a couple caveats: first, I find the reader on the Audible version (Suzanne Toren) to be both unpleasant and generally obnoxious with her editorial voice inflections; and second, while as a whole the book is extremely well researched, the author does make a few significant assertions about Lincoln without substantiation.
Team of Rivals provides a unique perspective of Lincoln through his interactions with his cabinet. As stated above, Goodwin has done an incredible job researching all the intricate relationships around Lincoln. This book is well worth reading.
I admit that having it read to me was helpful. And having it read as I drove from the PNW to the Midwest was a blessing as it kept me riveted and awake for many miles and hours. I have recommended it numerous times and will continue to do so. I enjoyed the reader's voice but my significant other did not. The detail in this book is mind boggling. The amazing thing is how similar current politics are to that in Lincoln's time. Lincoln's magnanimity, wisdom, and shrewd understand of how to get things accomplished are beyond comprehension.
Liked everything about the book. Although long it seemed like a fresh breeze to listen to. Perhaps it was through Gods providence, these men were brought together under Lincoln's leadership to help our country through a very dark and violent time.
... But rather displays prominently, the whole grand scale of Lincoln, in all his widespread glory, down to the individual leaves of machinations. Like the beautiful old southern oak tree that Lincoln, upon seeing, remarked to Mary "when my days are done, lay me to rest in such peaceful a place as this" so do we now sit under the magnanimous shade of his leadership and legacy... I wept for him, I cheered for him, I felt his pain and shared his joy. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin and narrator Suzanne Toren cultivate a complete and voluminous picture of the life, love, and political strength of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. It was truly an honor to read.
Yes. You know as well as I do that this is biography is both sophisticated and gripping. Phyllida Nash, the reader, is the best I have heard on Audible.
There are thousands of books about Lincoln. Whats unique about this book are the different views about Lincoln from his cabinet and those closest to him.
Unsurprisingly Lincoln radiates almost divine insight and prudence, thats what makes him my favorite. However Sewart is a close second as he was considered a more likely pick for president at the time.
NO. It compares well to other narrators.
Lincoln anecdotes and jokes usually make me laugh.
this book has solidified my stance of lincoln being one of the best presidents in the US. However this book delves much more than that, it shows you his peers in a light i had not seen before. Both in generals and cabinet, this book gives you a grand play of sorts with multiple characters and several views. I highly recommend getting this book, especially if your wanting to kill several hours.
Fantastic history of Lincoln and the main players in his administration. Doris Kearns Goodwin does an excellent job of portraying the many aspects of Lincoln that make him one of the very greatest human beings in human history.
This book and the wonderful narration invoke a wide range of emotions - admiration, awe, excitement, joy, laughter, sadness, tears, and so many more. I found myself holding my breath, laughing out loud, and near tears throughout this book. After listening to this book, I have even more respect for the wit, wisdom, intellect, political savvy, moral character, and genius of Abraham Lincoln. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride. I love history, and I learned so much from this great book. I recommend this to everyone, especially during this time in our history. I believe so much can be applied to the events of this current day. Great read and listen!
Would recommend. Very thorough. Told in such a way that one could feel what Lincoln felt.