The movie "Lincoln" doesn't compare to this book. Even though the movie was ostensibly based on 'Team of Rivals', the book is much more insightful and broader in its portrayal and analysis of Lincoln's "political genius." Kearns also captures the mindsets and motivations of Lincoln's rivals for the 1860 Republican nomination with incredible detail bringing the story to life. Excellent book.
First, the information in the book is amazing. The story is well-told and well-researched. There is just SO MUCH of it. Hamilton is an incredibly important and often overlooked founding father, one who didn't marry into or come from privilege... but the minute detail in which the book dives becomes too much to listen to in a really enjoyable way. For students of history or someone researching Hamilton or the social dynamics of America's Founding Fathers, this is a good resource. For the casual historian or idly curious, it's too much.
This is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. I read the book in print and wanted to listen to it in the car as a refresher. I saw some of the comments warning of poor narration, but thought, 'how bad can it really be'? Turns out... pretty horrible. I couldn't make it through the whole book. I think they recruited the guy who narrated all of those 1950's science filmstrips, except he keeps mispronouncing words. The book is great, but avoid the audiobook.
I enjoy behavioural economics and history genres so thought this would be a great book... was I mistaken. The narration was HORRIBLE. It sounds like a bad voice over from some 1970's filmstrip in high school science class. There's frequent awkward intonation and many mispronounced words (i.e. eschew is "ess - CHEW"). The content is dry, but, when your mind isn't wandering off due to the narration, there are some interesting chapters most notably on the spurious correlation of religion to successful economies. DO NOT mistake this book for Gladwell, or Arielly, or Dubner/Levitt; it is not as well written and not nearly as engaging.
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