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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln | [Doris Kearns Goodwin]

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war.

©2006 Doris Kearns Goodwin (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"An elegant, incisive study....Goodwin has brilliantly described how Lincoln forged a team that preserved a nation and freed America from the curse of slavery." (James M. McPherson, The New York Times Book Review)

"Goodwin's narrative abilities...are on full display here, and she does an enthralling job of dramatizing...crucial moments in Lincoln's life....A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

"Splendid, beautifully written....Goodwin has brilliantly woven scores of contemporary accounts...into a fluid narrative....This is the most richly detailed account of the Civil War presidency to appear in many years." (John Rhodehamel, Los Angeles Times)

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    David McLure Shrewsbury, MA United States 02-11-13
    David McLure Shrewsbury, MA United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story, but inaudible in sections"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I only hope that an update can be done to fix the missing sections!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln is of course, the focus, but this book alsop brings to life Lincoln's rivals and their families.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Suzanne Toren is an excellent reader, bringing both power and poise to recreate historical events and attitudes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish the editing job was better. I am 80% done and have already counted over 10 sections where the audio simply cuts to another section - losing who knows how much material. Sometimes in the middle of famous speechs too - I feel as though my historical knowledge still has gaps.

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    Anthony OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 02-08-13
    Anthony OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2000
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    "40 Hours of Learning about Lincoln Well Worth It!"

    I started to read this after watching the Lincoln movie, and I am glad I did. I never knew much about him, what an amazing man. Everyone should read this to find out what a real President should be like. One of the best Audible books I have ever listened to.

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    Leon Stockton, CA, United States 02-08-13
    Leon Stockton, CA, United States 02-08-13
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    "An amazing odyssey through Abraham Lincoln's and the Civil War's history"
    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've listened to by far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the immense detail and intriguing history of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's inner cabinet and his mindset throughout one of the most trying times in history.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reunited and it feels so good.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for the opportunity audible to listen to this audiobook was a great joy!

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    Robert TUJUNGA, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-07-13
    Robert TUJUNGA, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must read!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln. He was and is a man who stands above all others.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Even though I knew how it ended it made me weep.


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    EM Goodkind Menlo Park, CA 02-07-13
    EM Goodkind Menlo Park, CA 02-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Worth the effort to learn so much"

    There is no way so many insights and so much knowledge could be gained so pleasurably, but there is no getting around that this very long book requires attention. For anyone who remembers Lincoln as a string of cliches from elementary and high school, this book is a revelation. Lincoln is still a hero, but he's personalized and flawed, grappling with political realities in a challenging time. I listened to this book prior to seeing the new movie, and I'm glad I did, because the two complemented each other nicely. LIncoln is human and the cliches are no longer cliches but intriguing lessons that aren't that different from the intrigues in the daily news today.

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    Richard SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 02-05-13
    Richard SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book. Don't enjoy the narrator."
    Would you listen to Team of Rivals again? Why?

    No because it's really long. Don't usually listen to things of this length more than once.


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    Geoff DeSena Fort Collins, CO, USA 02-04-13
    Geoff DeSena Fort Collins, CO, USA 02-04-13
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    "In depth look into the life our greatest president"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    Although the audiobook is considerably more convenient, I still prefer to have the actual text to refer back to if I miss something. However, Goodwin does a very nice job of reminding the reader who the characters are.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Suzanne Toren?

    No. Her annunciation is great, but after 40 hours of the same tone, it gets a bit old.


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    Matt PORTALES, NM, United States 02-01-13
    Matt PORTALES, NM, United States 02-01-13
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    "FANTASTIC BOOK!!!! A must!!!!"
    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    It gives you the entire picture of what Abraham Lincoln did as a politician. More importantly who he truly was as a man.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    How content and happy he was at the very end of his life. What a great way to live before you die.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not... yet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "He was more than a man. He was... Abraham Lincoln."


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    Robin Chisholm Coeur d'Alene, ID United States 01-31-13
    Robin Chisholm Coeur d'Alene, ID United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Riveting story telling,"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very entertaining and well read


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    cry, so tragic, so crazy and so telling of the random power of guns to change history for the worse.


    Any additional comments?

    some mispronunciation, i.e. carotid and stirrup

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    Amazon Customer Canada 01-30-13
    Amazon Customer Canada 01-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating history, well read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but the audio edition was great for long car rides.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln, because of his honesty, integrity and shrewd insight into the character of others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Great history and insight.

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