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)
Likes: UNBELIEVABLE insight into the man rather than the icon; you come away feeling like you almost really know him.
Dislikes: no way around this one, really, as its side effect of my like: this is a pretty dense book, with many sources quoted and many voices incorporated into the text. The reader does a great job considering this challenge, but this isn't a "casual listen."
Overall: highly recommended!
A thorough narrative of a great man which should be read or listened to by all those mature enough to comprehend the impact of such a wise, noble, yet simple leader upon fellow human beings.
With the often seeming decay of moral fiber today, this work inspires those of good nature and character to think long and hard upon their own lives in that they too may work to gain the esteem of others by earning it with their fair and kind actions as did Abraham Lincoln.
One of the most inspiring books I've had the benefit to enjoy.
moving, without being eloqutious , beautifully written, nicely narrated, comprehensive but not boring, left with a reverence and respect for Lincoln not had before listening, highly recommend to history buffs, the politically inclined, and anyone who loves this country.
I loved this book. The narration was perfect and easy to listen to for hours on end. I always wanted to know more about my favorite president and was delighted to hear this account of his life and the formation of his team of rivals.
I would recommend Team of Rivals with a couple caveats: first, I find the reader on the Audible version (Suzanne Toren) to be both unpleasant and generally obnoxious with her editorial voice inflections; and second, while as a whole the book is extremely well researched, the author does make a few significant assertions about Lincoln without substantiation.
Team of Rivals provides a unique perspective of Lincoln through his interactions with his cabinet. As stated above, Goodwin has done an incredible job researching all the intricate relationships around Lincoln. This book is well worth reading.
I admit that having it read to me was helpful. And having it read as I drove from the PNW to the Midwest was a blessing as it kept me riveted and awake for many miles and hours. I have recommended it numerous times and will continue to do so. I enjoyed the reader's voice but my significant other did not. The detail in this book is mind boggling. The amazing thing is how similar current politics are to that in Lincoln's time. Lincoln's magnanimity, wisdom, and shrewd understand of how to get things accomplished are beyond comprehension.
Liked everything about the book. Although long it seemed like a fresh breeze to listen to. Perhaps it was through Gods providence, these men were brought together under Lincoln's leadership to help our country through a very dark and violent time.
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