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)
Team of rivals is an insightful and concise look into the Lincoln Presidency and the times and caracters that effected the times.
The detailed leadup to the election of the president and the lead into lhe war.
She is great
Lincolns moments of deep upset and thoughts leading up to the war
Great Read.....A MUST
I'd put this one right up there with my favorite biography, John Adams by Mccullough. Makes Lincoln and the people around him come alive.
As expected this book provides insight into the historical aspects of Lincoln and his cabinet, but what I didn't expect was the lessons in leadership that it provides. Lincoln's political savvy shines through in the telling of how he shrewdly managed not only his campaign and administration, but more importantly how he lived his very life. Known for his intellect and homespun charm, he was also kind and magnanimous, always building bridges even with those who have opposed or slighted him. (We could use a leader like him today). Throughout his life he collected friends, who became important allies in time of need.
The listener also gets to know the supporting cast, Mary Lincoln, Sewards, Chase, Bates and so on, as well as gain knowledge into everyday life at that time and the Civil War. What was politically correct then is certainly not the same today. Even some of Lincoln's sentiments are surprising, such as how he supported returning slaves and freed men to Africa. Although this book conveys facts collected through diaries, letters and other historical documents, it flows like a well-told story. Listening to this book makes my long commute more bearable.
Yes, I always knew Lincoln was one of our greatest presidents and now I know why. The book has lots of information and it keeps you engaged for the full 41hrs.
Lincoln assembled the best people he could find to lead the nation in what was the most divisive period of our history. Lincoln found those people, strong and driven and patriotic, each with a vision of what this country could and should be in his rivals. Chase, Seward and all the others, each great on their own, were forged into a championship team by an ordinary man of extraordinary compassion and dedication to the founding principles of this Nation.
President Lincoln has been referenced many times in the past years by President Obama, who used Lincoln's Bible at his inauguration in 2008 and most recently spoke of him in his acceptance speech of the nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention. For those on the left who may have difficulty understanding the apparent slowness and tepidness of Obama's policies and decisions, read this book to better understand him. For those on the right who may have difficulty believing that the invitations to engage and compromise and move this nation forward together are sincere and serious, read this book to better understand him.
For the work and performance I will share one small anecdote. I've always been moved by the text of the Gettysburg Address but as told through the words of Doris Kearns Goodwin and the stellar voice of Suzanne Toren I felt I was there, on the battlefield, hearing it at its birth.
I have been very interested in the Civil war for a long time and have admired Lincoln. This book was very one sided and written from a very liberal point of view. I got a few hours into the book before I decided I had had enough. Really did not appreciate being told what to think, or that the south was bad in every way. If you are a leftist "intellectual" then you will like this book, it will reinforce all of your notions.
...but it's been a slog. I'm only now half-way through (after several hours of listening) and I've just reached the point where Lincoln's been elected President! The level of detail is sometimes excruciating and it feels like a strong editor would have really helped it. Also, I think the narrator is less than ideal. Her voice is too monotone to hold my interest. Very disappointing.
Nothing ever changes
Many moments were memorable but what impressed me were the letters, no one writes like that any more! Without such great letters we would have missed a vary important part of history.
The right word is scenes. Every time Lincoln had to deal with a problem he somehow made the right ones. Although I would have got rid of McClellan much earlier.
No way to long
I was not a fan of Obama until I listened to this book and I see a lot of the way Obama weights his decisions (slow and methodically) yet willing to act no matter the risk when he thinks he is right just like Lincoln did. The book gave me a good feeling that even though our government today seems so divided it is no different then the government Lincoln had to deal with and we still made out alright.
Yes - fascinating history - amazing to hear how so little has changed in politics.
John Adams - information in the book came from personal letters and diaries - which the Lincoln book also includes.
It was fine. I always prefer when the author reads their own work.
Same as the book
Great book of good historical value.
Have to repurchase to be able to burn to CD. First burn failed and cannot return without pruchasing again.
Great historical narration.
Need to return and repurchase to be able to burn to CD,
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