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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
    (1854)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (478)

    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"
    "Excessively abridged"
    Overall

    If the focus, in the printed book, is on the team of rivals that Lincoln selected for his cabinet, that focus is almost entirely absent in this abridgement. It starts out promisingly, with some interesting material on the fight for the Republican nomination in 1860 -- we get fascinating glimpses into the men who would lose to Lincoln, then serve him in his cabinet. That's about 45 minutes ... From that point on, the audiobook is basically a decent overview of the course of the Civil War, with little insight into how these rivals influenced Lincoln's governance.

    If you haven't done much reading on the Civil War, this abridgement could serve as a good place to start. If, however, you were looking for an in-depth view of Lincoln's cabinet and its impact on his Presidency, you may want to wait for the unabridged version.

    On a side note: The narration was excellent throughout, apart form a brief intro by the author, who may have been caught on a bad day.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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