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
"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)
Yes, I only hope that an update can be done to fix the missing sections!
Lincoln is of course, the focus, but this book alsop brings to life Lincoln's rivals and their families.
Suzanne Toren is an excellent reader, bringing both power and poise to recreate historical events and attitudes.
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.
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.
This is the best audiobook I've listened to by far.
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.
Reunited and it feels so good.
Thank you for the opportunity audible to listen to this audiobook was a great joy!
Lincoln. He was and is a man who stands above all others.
Even though I knew how it ended it made me weep.
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.
No because it's really long. Don't usually listen to things of this length more than once.
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.
No. Her annunciation is great, but after 40 hours of the same tone, it gets a bit old.
It gives you the entire picture of what Abraham Lincoln did as a politician. More importantly who he truly was as a man.
How content and happy he was at the very end of his life. What a great way to live before you die.
I have not... yet.
"He was more than a man. He was... Abraham Lincoln."
Yes, very entertaining and well read
cry, so tragic, so crazy and so telling of the random power of guns to change history for the worse.
some mispronunciation, i.e. carotid and stirrup
I have not read the print version, but the audio edition was great for long car rides.
Lincoln, because of his honesty, integrity and shrewd insight into the character of others.
I found it fascinating.
Great history and insight.
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