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)
I just recommend this book to everyone and anyone wanting to go back and remember a part of history. This book is long, but as I said, very much worth the investment of time.
I thought it was somewhat long but in the end it was all worth listining. His life was a true insperation to me and it was hard to listen to the details of his unjustified end. highly recomend.
I've read many books on Lincoln and this us the best. Long but never boring, detailed but never trivial. Loved the book but enjoyed the audible version even more
Likely one of the greatest books on the Civil War ever written, Goodwin portrays Lincoln and his entire cabinet in astonishing detail. Flinching from no details, Team of Rivals evidences how, rather than run from confrontation, Lincoln brought together his various political rivals and used their differing perspectives and abilities to aid the Union at a time when it was desperately needed. Even more to Goodwin's credit, the accounts of Southern leaders such as Robert E. Lee are some of the most fair and unbiased I've ever read in any Civil War history book. If you at all want to understand Abraham Lincoln, and why he ranks among history's greatest leaders, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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