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)
This book was so well researched, the topic so thoroughly covered, and the style so engaging that I couldn't imagine reading a book about Lincoln and his tenure being more vivid and it's helpful for me to understand who he was in the world he lived in.
I have owned this book for several years but never got around to completing it. I got the audio version of it and finished it in just three short weeks. I loved this book. I would highly recommend it.
Great book, but I would recommend the abridged version. The amount of information is almost overwhelming. But I still enjoyed the book.
Sorry I arrived at the end.
Everyone should hear it. It is a comprehensive history of the Lincoln cabinet before and during Civil War, extremely well documented and readable like a novel.
It is really waste of time to have so much unimportant & unnecessary details
It could have been made much better. I would give it only 1 star.
41 hours could 10 hours
Charles L. Baker, MSSW
The initial concept of the team of rivals is initially powerful, but as the President grew into his role, the rivals fade into mere footnotes. The Bully Pulpit an No Ordinary Time are stronger.
The Civil War was not about States rights. only the most disingenuous and cynical among persist in that despicable lie. The war was fought to end slavery. Lincoln was sent to us in our time of need and had he lived, so much that has happened in this nation between the races would not be so.
Lincoln can teach the leaders of today! Building teams while still maintaining control. Giving team members decision making authority while still making the ultimate decisions.
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