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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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    thomas United States 03-26-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Team of Rivals the most enjoyable?

    this book was very informative and really a fun book to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    it made the war come to life and showed truly how great lincoln was. just imagine had he lived.


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    Christopher Bluffdale, UT, United States 03-25-13
    Christopher Bluffdale, UT, United States 03-25-13
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    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    Lincoln who is arguably the most hilarious, compelling and shrewd character of the 19th century.


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    Virginia Davenport High Sierras 03-06-13
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first selection. It has made me want more!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the concise manner in which the story progressed.


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

    No.


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

    Both emotions were experienced. Both from the realization of Lincoln's struggles with achieving his goals and he tragic death.


    Any additional comments?

    This will be a book I will read again and again. As well as recommend to friends.

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    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 03-04-13
    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 03-04-13 Member Since 2006

    I am a from Denmark and my interests are wide spread. Scary stories, Crime stories, Sci-fi, and more, you name it. One of my greater interests is historical fiction, and my favorite author are Jeff Shaara.

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    "A great man, despite being an American"

    As the title indicates, I am not an American. That is why my knowledge of Lincoln was severly limited. Had it not been for the film, I would never have read this book. I never heard of his rivals, seen the memorial.
    But even for a European from a small nation, this book proved to be exiting and the carecters captivating. Getting the feeling for theese men, from childhood and forward, was a great help for someone like me. That it is written in an exiting way, helps one get through, the less interestining pages. Surely a captivating book. That we get to Americas crossroad in this book, is of course a help. Unfortainly a president at time of war is quite exiting to read about. Truelly a great book, with descriptions of the people around Lincoln, with great deccriptions. Sometimes names get a little confused, for me, but as a rule, you get the picture very well.
    If only politicians, yours and ours would be more like Lincoln, the world would be a better place.

    It is said that democracy is based of collected wills. I disagrees. In a true crisis, it is importened to have a leader rise above the rest, taking charge. Making sure internal struggle does not rip us apart. Lincoln was such a man. A good man, in difficult times, raising above petty party politics to lead the country through the struggle.

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    Barbara 03-02-13
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    "Incredible book!!"
    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    The story of Abraham Lincoln is fascinating and spellbinding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln - a warm, compassionate, incredibly smart man who led our country through a very turbulent period.


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

    Lincoln - Ms. Toren's reading was perfect for this book.


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

    Yes, but way too long. I loved it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Kindergartners used to being read to in a sappy, slow, hagiographic style. I kept expecting her to pause and show us the pictures.


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

    Any video from Troy Maclure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    Good Lord, no. No, no, no.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Team of Rivals?

    I didn't want to rate down the book, and in all honesty, I couldn't make it past the first half hour. Please do not interpret my low rating against the book itself. 4 stars is a guess from someone who didn't make it more than a half hour in.


    Any additional comments?

    Letme be clear: I'm not an idiot or an ADHD-sufferer who can't listen to dry prose. When I gave up on this, I switched to The Decline and Fall of teh Roman Empire by Gibbon. I have enjoyed a great many works most people would call dry as the Sahara. This reader, however, was sssssooooo slow and drawn out. The entire style felt like a bad infomercial, speaking in exalted tones to oversell the product.

    Please, just read the GD book. Stop trying to sing the text like a diva who drags out the singing of the Star Spangled Banner into a half-hour ordeal.

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    I'm sorry I waited so long to listen to this book. So rich with details that bring history to life.

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    Bulldogscm Burlington, Vermont, United States 02-28-13
    Bulldogscm Burlington, Vermont, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?

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    "Learned to Love Lincoln Again..."
    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was something that I truly looked forward to everyday. It was superbly narrated with a clear sound quality. Ironically, I completed the book on Lincoln's birthday. Wonderfully narrated and crystal clear.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator takes time to differentiate the different historical characters "voices" so you know who is talking at all times. I also liked how it was unabridged. I prefer my books to be complete.


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

    William Stanton, the Secretary of War under Lincoln. She was able to capture the gruff and amazing character of this man that I knew very little about.


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

    They already made a film about this book and it was fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book would be ideal for long car rides, commutes to work or going to the gym.

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    Debbie RENO, NV, United States 02-27-13
    Debbie RENO, NV, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    I have a tendency to skim print books that go over fine details (the 'boring' stuff') but the audio version breathes life into these portions and makes the entire book fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite character but rather I enjoyed understanding the interplay and relationships between all of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Lincoln gave in to his exasperation at Chase and accepted his resignation.


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

    The tag line should be the book title as Team of Rivals says it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the length of this book cause you to not listen. Like any wonderful piece of writing, you will find yourself immersed and time will fly by.

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    Geoff Riverton, UT, United States 02-26-13
    Geoff Riverton, UT, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best President Ever?"
    If you could sum up Team of Rivals in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Forethought, Decisive


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not much a relevant questions, but Lincoln of course was and excellent man and leader. The book shows how he organized other great men to lead us out of some of the darkest times this nation has experienced.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the personal looks into Lincoln's life and personality and how human this book makes him feel.


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

    There are actually some touching parts throughout, but the death and reaction to his death was amazing.


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