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Eric

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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
    (1855)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (479)

    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"
    "false advertising"
    Overall

    I found this book disappointing because it did not really delve into the relationship between the "Team of Rivals". It seems that the "angle" of the book was simply an excuse to write a rather tame and at times saccarine history of Lincoln's presidency.

    Not worth getting if you are already familiar with the history of the Civil War and the general character of Lincoln.

    I would reccomend "Lincoln's Melancholy" as a more interesting account of his life.

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