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)
From the first sentence this book captivates; with the detailed history of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. It is difficult to understand how relevant to this day the politics and tactics of the great politician and statesman Lincoln are.
Any politician should read it and will benefit. Any history lover ought read it.
Lincoln possessed a greatness of moral, of dealing with people, and above all a greatness of character.
I loved this book and recommend listening to it through audiobook, as I did, every morning while commuting and at the treadmill. The book is as long as 'war and peace' and if you're busy with your career as I am, it might be difficult to finish if you attempt to read instead of listen through audiobook.
Suzanne Toren does a masterful job narrating this story which is primarily about men from a male perspective.
There are certainly intriguing female characters in this book but it is first and foremost about Lincoln and his relationships with other men from his father to his colleagues on the judicial circuit to his cabinet, generals and trusted allies.
Most American children are instilled with a respect for Lincoln and in my own education I was early on instructed that Lincoln "freed the slaves" and later came to understand more of his role in the civil war. What most Americans lack is an understanding of the time, the place, the circumstances that brought Lincoln to the presidency and the masterful way that he administered the office.
This book brings Lincoln to life in ways that were certainly new to me and gave me a much deeper appreciation for the humility, courage and humanitarian nature of Lincoln. One of the best compliments I can offer is that after listening to this book I have Lincoln near the top of my "meet anyone from history" list.
This is not a quick listen but the Lincoln story was written over decades and is deserving of the extended telling. This is the story of a modern day figure that shaped the world we live in, regardless of where we live.
After watching the movie Lincoln, I bought the book Team of Rivals. I got about a 1/3 of the way through it but then got distracted. So glad to have finished it thanks to Audible. Great read.
Unabridged is the way to go. Would have preferred a different reader. Well researched using primary sources to support most of the assumptions.
Reading, listening and learning everyday
Story, performance, subject matter was all amazing. Learning and understanding the masterful way Lincoln selected and managed his cabinet is a further testament to his genius and effectiveness as arguably the greatest leader in the history of this country
The... reader... reads... so... slow... that... you... will... want... to... listen... to... it... at... 1.25x... or... 1.5x... speed... The reader mispronounces several words, too, but it's a great story -- well told by Goodwin.
We all think we know Lincoln, but Doris Kearns Goodwin captures the essence and shear magnitude of the man. The man who became legend did so through service, empathy, compassion, humor, common sense, and unselfish dedication to the Nation. I have one wish. It is this: that every member of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of our government will read, internalize, and set as an example this work. I was moved by this account and will give it to every student I am fortunate enough to know and serve.
Just finished my second run through this incredible story. My only complaint is that the narration is a bit too methodical & you need to listen to it sped up 1.25x. Otherwise just fantastic.
I have read and loved many works about Lincoln. This has been the best. If America should in the end have but one Lincoln and one Washington, yet we are the most blessed of nations in its leaders among nations.
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