Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
First class biography as well as a case study of the benefits of self-improvement and the mastery of one's emotions. I knew the facts of Lincoln's presidency, but not the mind and motivations of the man behind it. Goodwin goes deep into the backrounds of not only Lincoln but all four of the main characters to find why they acted as they did. Lincoln, by far the most deprived in social status and formal education, had the ability to tackle seemingly impossible issues calmly and rationally. Goodwin builds a convincing case for Lincoln as the greatest American. I didn't want this book to end and had to fast forward over Good Friday, 1865. Suzanne Toren provides a no-nonsense, concise narration.
Doris Kearns Goodwin obviously works endlessly on research. This audiobook not only educated me, but allowed me to feel as if I were living in the time period and walking the streets of Washington DC during the Civil War. She reveals the complexities of Lincoln and the men who served him and our country so well during this critical time in our history. A quite lengthy piece, I still had a feeling of disappointment when I completed it because it had been such an enjoyable journey. Suzanne Toren's narration was flawless and gave me the feeling and awareness that I was absorbing the author's viewpoint.
Great job portraying what one of the greatest presidents of all time was truly like.
The character president Lincoln possessed is very moving and like no one I have ever known.
I am not really into politics but this book is unreal. I would recommend this book to anyone in a heartbeat!
Yes, because there are so many things to remember.
It was all interesting
Suzanne is easy to listen to.
If you are interested in history and the way people think in the time frame of the history you will love this book. It shows how politics back then is not so different than today.
The way Lincoln manipulates things for his advantage
The way she reads keeps your attention
Yes. Usually authors are unable to fully elaborate the supporting characters in a story. In this case, you come to understand the depths of motivation and character of a sizable number of people who influenced Lincoln's political and personal life. This of course means that the book is exceptionally lengthy. And I am enjoying all of it.
Yes, in numerous places.
I am not usually a reader of histories. But I am enjoying this one thoroughly.
Learned that President Lincoln and his rivals achieved what people today couldn't achieve. They made history.
About the eprsonality about Presidemt Lincoln.
Telling the story as if it was unfolding in front of me.
It made me appreciate the ever-lasting meaning of the Civil war.
A great book about great people. I hope the world had more leaders like A. Lincoln and his rivals.
Yes, I only hope that an update can be done to fix the missing sections!
Lincoln is of course, the focus, but this book alsop brings to life Lincoln's rivals and their families.
Suzanne Toren is an excellent reader, bringing both power and poise to recreate historical events and attitudes.
I only wish the editing job was better. I am 80% done and have already counted over 10 sections where the audio simply cuts to another section - losing who knows how much material. Sometimes in the middle of famous speechs too - I feel as though my historical knowledge still has gaps.
I started to read this after watching the Lincoln movie, and I am glad I did. I never knew much about him, what an amazing man. Everyone should read this to find out what a real President should be like. One of the best Audible books I have ever listened to.
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I cried at the end of the book when Lincoln died. He had become a living, breathing person to me as a result of reading this incredible book. Last night, a friend of mine told me she had the same welling up of emotion. This book covers Lincoln's whole life, not just his brilliance in selecting his Cabinet, and the backgrounds for his Cabinet members and erstwhile rivals for the presidential nomination are complete and fascinating.
In A Team of Rivals, we get to know Lincoln as a father and husband as well as politician, decision maker, and strategist. He was brilliant and patient. The irony of his assassination by a mad Southerner is that Reconstruction overseen with Lincoln's forgiveness, common sense, and love of the Union would have made things so much less traumatic.
I could not give this book a higher recommendation.