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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
    (1904)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (525)

    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"
    "Disappointing abridgement of a wonderful book"
    Overall

    I try to avoid abridged editions, but was so eager to "read" this one, that I got this version accidentally - and then realized that there isn't an unabridged one. The abridgement is neither seamless nor smooth - for example, stories of Lincoln's youth are referred to, but never told. The reader/listener can "feel" the holes in the narrative. Dang!

    That being said, it is clear that this is a wonderful book, carefully researched, with creative connections and educational historial parallels (ex - Seward and Rumsfeld taking hits for their President's war decisions). I am loving it, and wishing I could have had all of it. Wait for the unabridged version!

    42 of 43 people found this review helpful

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