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Team of Rivals Audiobook
Team of Rivals
Written by: 
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Narrated by: 
Suzanne Toren
Team of Rivals Audiobook

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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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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    Devin Moretz 08-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tremendous story about a larger than life leader."

    Let me start by saying I quit listening to this book. Twice. Not because of the content, but my attention span struggled with how in depth this book is. I'm sure it's completely fine in paperback, but the audio version had me losing patience early on.

    With that said, I'm so glad I picked this up again. Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest leaders in the history of man. His genius is evident in the Herculean decisions he was confronted with on a regular basis- and how he was able to look at the challenges he faced as a humanitarian first.

    The content is on point, the message is inspiring, and the story is an emotional roller coaster. I will be recommending this book to those interested in politics, history, and leadership.


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    Liza Ann Acosta 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    long but worth it. she captures the tensions, emotions, and strong bonds of his team as well as the context for Lincoln 's advance. in politics. i would listen to it again even I f it took me months to complete again.

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    William 07-28-15
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    "A Thorough History"

    Goodwin provides a very detailed history of Abraham Lincoln's political genius throughout his life. While this story bogs down in the detail once in a while, it was overall a very enjoyable journey through his life and times.

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    Judi Jordan 07-23-15
    Judi Jordan 07-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "oh that all historical writers could write as well"
    What made the experience of listening to Team of Rivals the most enjoyable?

    Godwin is so committed to her topic- the parallel biographies of Lincoln and those men who rose to preeminence through the same turbulent time period- the reader is kept riveted from person to person, story to story. Although the reader doesn't do " voices", she speaks so clearly has enough inflection to not be monotonous.


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

    Lincoln , as portrayed by Goodwin really was a giant among men-self-effacing,street-smart, yet compassionate and forgiving. I was impressed how Lincoln was able to win many hearts through his honesty and willingness not to assess blame, malign, or back-bite his peers or subordinates- truly knightly virtues in this day and age. It must have impressed the author as well because it is a point she makes often as she weaves Lincoln's story with others throughout his lifetime.


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    Patricia 07-20-15
    Patricia 07-20-15
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    "Lessons in leadership"

    Fabulous rendering of an incredible
    Time in U.S. History. We all can
    Take away lessons in management,
    Language, and humanity. Well
    Written, well recorded.

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    RevInTampa Tampa, FL 07-11-15
    RevInTampa Tampa, FL 07-11-15 Member Since 2010

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    "A Great President & Human Being"

    Although this is a VERY long audio book, it is worth the time invested. It does a very thorough job of covering the political genius of our 16th president chronicling his ups and down politically. At times one is prone to get aggravated at Lincoln for his forgiving spirit but one cannot argue with the results it produced even in extraordinary circumstances.
    I thought some more time might have been spent getting more sentiment from his cabinet following the president assassination but after all that went on previously in the book, it does wrap up nicely.
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TEXT.

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    Brian Hays BROOKSIDE, NJ, US 07-06-15
    Brian Hays BROOKSIDE, NJ, US 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitive History"

    I doubt if there is another source that will provide the same level of insight into the man, his character, and the people who surrounded him. Goodwin's writing style is continually captivating. The narrator is excellent - few are.

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    Wendy 06-26-15
    Wendy 06-26-15
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    "Awesome book"

    Listened to it a few time! Highly recommended to anyone interested in history. The movie was good but the book is ten times better.

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    SV Cor Palm Desert CA 06-06-15
    SV Cor Palm Desert CA 06-06-15 Member Since 2016

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    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    It made me believe I was living those times and places. But not to say anything about the great narration, which is the source of the wonder of those times, would be misleading.


    What other book might you compare Team of Rivals to and why?

    Team of Rivals is one of the best books I have ever listened to. So well written, You Laugh, you cry, you anger; you sadden, you appreciate, you yell at these enlightening persons, you want to kill. The emotions Team of Rivals grabs from you are intensely real.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Lincoln


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

    You can not do it, but if you could you bet.


    Any additional comments?

    To not listen to this book because you believe it to be tooo many hours, is a big mistake.
    I believe some of the persons looking forward to running for President should definitely listen to it.

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    Andrew 06-02-15
    Andrew 06-02-15
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    "Great story, well read...but long for an audible book"

    I enjoyed the book quite a bit and definitely learned a lot about Lincoln I did not know. My only issue was the length considering I usually listen for only 30 minutes at a time. Of course I knew that going in...

    I would still highly recommend the book. Lots of lessons for anyone. I have a new appreciate for Lincoln.

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