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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Great lesson on how to be an Effective Leader"
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    What made the experience of listening to Team of Rivals the most enjoyable?

    As expected this book provides insight into the historical aspects of Lincoln and his cabinet, but what I didn't expect was the lessons in leadership that it provides. Lincoln's political savvy shines through in the telling of how he shrewdly managed not only his campaign and administration, but more importantly how he lived his very life. Known for his intellect and homespun charm, he was also kind and magnanimous, always building bridges even with those who have opposed or slighted him. (We could use a leader like him today). Throughout his life he collected friends, who became important allies in time of need.

    The listener also gets to know the supporting cast, Mary Lincoln, Sewards, Chase, Bates and so on, as well as gain knowledge into everyday life at that time and the Civil War. What was politically correct then is certainly not the same today. Even some of Lincoln's sentiments are surprising, such as how he supported returning slaves and freed men to Africa. Although this book conveys facts collected through diaries, letters and other historical documents, it flows like a well-told story. Listening to this book makes my long commute more bearable.


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