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Michael

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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
    (1891)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (516)

    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"
    "An amazingly engaging set of portraits."
    Overall

    Other biographical portraits are limited by the attempt to follow a rigid structure of time and events. This book lets the characters of the men it portrays emerge, without being a slave to the calandar. Although it leans towards hagiography, it is solidly based in reality. The portraits of Seward, Chase, McClellan, Grant, and Mrs. Lincoln are richer than I have encountered before. I could not wait to get back to book. I learned things about Lincoln I will never forget. The narrator was engaging, if a trifle excessive. I felt at times he was singing, when the book could have spoken for itself. But I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves biography, Lincoln, or the Civil War. I wish it had been unabridged, as I hated to come to the end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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