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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln | [Doris Kearns Goodwin]

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "The best Lincoln story on the market"

    This is a well written and narrated accounting of the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. Doris Learns Goodwin keep the reader well engaged. Do not let the length of this book intimidate you. When it is over you will be wanting more.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    An Audio book is really the only way I can get through a work like this because of time. I have not found a way to read a book and drive safely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    I was engaged in Lincoln's ability to "roll with the punches" and never allow the natural human response for animosity and jealousy to impact his relations with others. A great lesson for everyone.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could listen to her all day and I did with this extensive work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The love and devotion that Lincoln's "rivals" developed for him. How he could change their feelings for him and gain not only respect but devotion from those who initially had low opinions of him.


    Any additional comments?

    My first experience with Audible but certainly not my last! Thanks

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    This is an excellent addition of the other biographies and narratives of the civil war both post and pre. So much is added by the addition of the female perspective that Ms. Kearns Goodwin adds. I enjoyed the back fill of the stories of the men that shaped our country during such a crucial period of the formation of this country. The personality of Lincoln and his dogged principles are highlighted and fleshed out in such a manner as to complete our understanding of this great man, and his family. in a way not hitherto manifested in all the former works about him. I thoroughly enjoyed this reading and recommend it to any history lover out there.

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    What made the experience of listening to Team of Rivals the most enjoyable?

    Good, consistent voice work combined with in depth research on all the major players.


    Would you recommend Team of Rivals to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the sheer volume of material I would recommend it to anyone who wishes a work of very broad scope.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Mary Lincoln.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The true revelation of the book was how deeply people's feelings ran for one another and were expressed in prosaic emotional terms that made correspondence among many professional colleagues appear, by our standards, to be effusive and eloquent love letters. Personal connections mattered to these men in ways we either do not feel or cannot express to one another today.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this is due to what was available to the author but constant references to Lincoln's penchant and gift for storytelling made me want to hear more of these stories. I craved more specific examples of how his narrative abilities helped him manage situations. Then again, perhaps the author did too. There was one technical problem where a lengthy passage is repeated (Grant's Vicksburg campaign). Finally this lengthy work appeared to drift at times especially toward the end.

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    Mary Pat Flanigan South Carolina, USA 04-07-13
    Mary Pat Flanigan South Carolina, USA 04-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook ever and I am hooked!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's not like I didn't know how Lincoln died, but the death of Lincoln had me crying all the way home from work. I was so into the book and characters it was like being there witnessing it first hand.


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    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    I love reading a print page, so can't answer this. My husband and I listened to this book on a long car journey so it was perfect for that purpose.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We loved hearing the past history of all Lincoln's Cabinet, and how they made it to the White House.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to her before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's very long. It had to be broken up over the course of several weeks.


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    this book was very informative and really a fun book to listen to


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    it made the war come to life and showed truly how great lincoln was. just imagine had he lived.


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    Lincoln who is arguably the most hilarious, compelling and shrewd character of the 19th century.


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    This was my first selection. It has made me want more!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the concise manner in which the story progressed.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both emotions were experienced. Both from the realization of Lincoln's struggles with achieving his goals and he tragic death.


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    This will be a book I will read again and again. As well as recommend to friends.

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    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 03-04-13
    Rune Esbjerg, Denmark 03-04-13 Member Since 2006

    I am a from Denmark and my interests are wide spread. Scary stories, Crime stories, Sci-fi, and more, you name it. One of my greater interests is historical fiction, and my favorite author are Jeff Shaara.

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    "A great man, despite being an American"

    As the title indicates, I am not an American. That is why my knowledge of Lincoln was severly limited. Had it not been for the film, I would never have read this book. I never heard of his rivals, seen the memorial.
    But even for a European from a small nation, this book proved to be exiting and the carecters captivating. Getting the feeling for theese men, from childhood and forward, was a great help for someone like me. That it is written in an exiting way, helps one get through, the less interestining pages. Surely a captivating book. That we get to Americas crossroad in this book, is of course a help. Unfortainly a president at time of war is quite exiting to read about. Truelly a great book, with descriptions of the people around Lincoln, with great deccriptions. Sometimes names get a little confused, for me, but as a rule, you get the picture very well.
    If only politicians, yours and ours would be more like Lincoln, the world would be a better place.

    It is said that democracy is based of collected wills. I disagrees. In a true crisis, it is importened to have a leader rise above the rest, taking charge. Making sure internal struggle does not rip us apart. Lincoln was such a man. A good man, in difficult times, raising above petty party politics to lead the country through the struggle.

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