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Phil

Rochester, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1911)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (530)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Insight into presidential decision making"
    Overall

    Doris Kearns Goodwin shows a magnificant analysis of how Abraham Lincoln worked with his cabinet to get us from a point of disunion to a point of "with malice towards none and charity for all." By choosing his rivals from within his own political party (Republican - Chase, Seward, and Bates) to choosing a rival from the other political party (Democrats - Stanton), Lincoln was able to inspire loyalty and a sense of purpose in others in spite of some very strong differences early on. Barack Obama has read this book and guided him in choosing a Republican (Gates rhymes with Bates) and his strongest intra party rival (Hillary) to serve on his cabinet.

    Family concerns were also presented by Goodwin so we saw a well rounded view of what many historians have called "our greatest president."

    You will enjoy the machinations of Lincoln as he staved off resignations by cabinet members until he finally accepted one for good cause.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Central America

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Stromberg
    • Narrated By Harry Reasoner, Peter Hackes, Richard C. Hottelet
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A cluster of five countries, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, are commonly referred to as Central America. Although these nations differ in their histories and politics, they share at least one factor; they have been caught up in the turmoil of America's foreign policy in this region. This audiobook depicts the chain of events that have led to the Central America we view on television.

    Phil says: "Struggling Central America"
    "Struggling Central America"
    Overall

    This was a summarized history of the countries making up Central America. Form the days of the Mayans to now, the area struggled to fulfill promise. Liberal and conservative forces were in constant struggle with each other and US involvement generally made things worse. It was after the Catholic church decided to support the many poor that they too ran into repressive reaction. The part that typified US involvement was about how Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, gave support to repressive right wing regimes to protect his interests as a shareholder and member of the board of the United Fruit Company. We called the oppressed native people communists which was a way to avoid helping the needy and support evil over good. The book was read by Harry Reasoner and he has a pleasant voice. Listening to it helped me prepare for an upcoming visit to Guatemala.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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