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. You know as well as I do that this is biography is both sophisticated and gripping. Phyllida Nash, the reader, is the best I have heard on Audible.
There are thousands of books about Lincoln. Whats unique about this book are the different views about Lincoln from his cabinet and those closest to him.
Unsurprisingly Lincoln radiates almost divine insight and prudence, thats what makes him my favorite. However Sewart is a close second as he was considered a more likely pick for president at the time.
NO. It compares well to other narrators.
Lincoln anecdotes and jokes usually make me laugh.
this book has solidified my stance of lincoln being one of the best presidents in the US. However this book delves much more than that, it shows you his peers in a light i had not seen before. Both in generals and cabinet, this book gives you a grand play of sorts with multiple characters and several views. I highly recommend getting this book, especially if your wanting to kill several hours.
Fantastic history of Lincoln and the main players in his administration. Doris Kearns Goodwin does an excellent job of portraying the many aspects of Lincoln that make him one of the very greatest human beings in human history.
This book and the wonderful narration invoke a wide range of emotions - admiration, awe, excitement, joy, laughter, sadness, tears, and so many more. I found myself holding my breath, laughing out loud, and near tears throughout this book. After listening to this book, I have even more respect for the wit, wisdom, intellect, political savvy, moral character, and genius of Abraham Lincoln. Prepare yourself for a roller coaster ride. I love history, and I learned so much from this great book. I recommend this to everyone, especially during this time in our history. I believe so much can be applied to the events of this current day. Great read and listen!
Would recommend. Very thorough. Told in such a way that one could feel what Lincoln felt.
A well known biography that I enjoyed reading and listening to on a recent trip was great.
I recommend it.
The irony of the man who made difficult decisions and has been so shrouded in myths was an incredible man who rose to Heights that just wouldn't be possible today.
I write that thinking about how much influence TV has on the choices and sound bites on politics and it's unfortunate.
This book is fascinating though on how he made his former opponents for President cabinet members and that's well worth reading about regardless of the rest of the excellent book.
I saw that this listen was 40+ hours and almost didn't download it, I'm glad I changed my mind! I worked in politics for many years and Lincoln has always been an inspiring figure for me. I already knew much of his history but this read provided so much more with the rich interactions of those closest to him. I found myself looking up photos as I listened to better form a picture of who these figures were. I was left feeling even more inspired than ever by Lincoln and quite unexpectedly found several new heroes in his cabinet members.
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