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 loved this book. The narration was perfect and easy to listen to for hours on end. I always wanted to know more about my favorite president and was delighted to hear this account of his life and the formation of his team of rivals.
I would recommend Team of Rivals with a couple caveats: first, I find the reader on the Audible version (Suzanne Toren) to be both unpleasant and generally obnoxious with her editorial voice inflections; and second, while as a whole the book is extremely well researched, the author does make a few significant assertions about Lincoln without substantiation.
Team of Rivals provides a unique perspective of Lincoln through his interactions with his cabinet. As stated above, Goodwin has done an incredible job researching all the intricate relationships around Lincoln. This book is well worth reading.
I admit that having it read to me was helpful. And having it read as I drove from the PNW to the Midwest was a blessing as it kept me riveted and awake for many miles and hours. I have recommended it numerous times and will continue to do so. I enjoyed the reader's voice but my significant other did not. The detail in this book is mind boggling. The amazing thing is how similar current politics are to that in Lincoln's time. Lincoln's magnanimity, wisdom, and shrewd understand of how to get things accomplished are beyond comprehension.
Liked everything about the book. Although long it seemed like a fresh breeze to listen to. Perhaps it was through Gods providence, these men were brought together under Lincoln's leadership to help our country through a very dark and violent time.
... But rather displays prominently, the whole grand scale of Lincoln, in all his widespread glory, down to the individual leaves of machinations. Like the beautiful old southern oak tree that Lincoln, upon seeing, remarked to Mary "when my days are done, lay me to rest in such peaceful a place as this" so do we now sit under the magnanimous shade of his leadership and legacy... I wept for him, I cheered for him, I felt his pain and shared his joy. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin and narrator Suzanne Toren cultivate a complete and voluminous picture of the life, love, and political strength of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. It was truly an honor to read.
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.
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