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 very informative and really a fun book to listen to
it made the war come to life and showed truly how great lincoln was. just imagine had he lived.
Lincoln who is arguably the most hilarious, compelling and shrewd character of the 19th century.
This was my first selection. It has made me want more!
the concise manner in which the story progressed.
Both emotions were experienced. Both from the realization of Lincoln's struggles with achieving his goals and he tragic death.
This will be a book I will read again and again. As well as recommend to friends.
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.
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.
The story of Abraham Lincoln is fascinating and spellbinding.
Lincoln - a warm, compassionate, incredibly smart man who led our country through a very turbulent period.
Lincoln - Ms. Toren's reading was perfect for this book.
Yes, but way too long. I loved it all.
Kindergartners used to being read to in a sappy, slow, hagiographic style. I kept expecting her to pause and show us the pictures.
Any video from Troy Maclure.
Good Lord, no. No, no, no.
I didn't want to rate down the book, and in all honesty, I couldn't make it past the first half hour. Please do not interpret my low rating against the book itself. 4 stars is a guess from someone who didn't make it more than a half hour in.
Letme be clear: I'm not an idiot or an ADHD-sufferer who can't listen to dry prose. When I gave up on this, I switched to The Decline and Fall of teh Roman Empire by Gibbon. I have enjoyed a great many works most people would call dry as the Sahara. This reader, however, was sssssooooo slow and drawn out. The entire style felt like a bad infomercial, speaking in exalted tones to oversell the product.
Please, just read the GD book. Stop trying to sing the text like a diva who drags out the singing of the Star Spangled Banner into a half-hour ordeal.
I'm sorry I waited so long to listen to this book. So rich with details that bring history to life.
Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
This audiobook was something that I truly looked forward to everyday. It was superbly narrated with a clear sound quality. Ironically, I completed the book on Lincoln's birthday. Wonderfully narrated and crystal clear.
The narrator takes time to differentiate the different historical characters "voices" so you know who is talking at all times. I also liked how it was unabridged. I prefer my books to be complete.
William Stanton, the Secretary of War under Lincoln. She was able to capture the gruff and amazing character of this man that I knew very little about.
They already made a film about this book and it was fantastic!
This audio book would be ideal for long car rides, commutes to work or going to the gym.
I have a tendency to skim print books that go over fine details (the 'boring' stuff') but the audio version breathes life into these portions and makes the entire book fascinating.
I didn't have a favorite character but rather I enjoyed understanding the interplay and relationships between all of the characters.
My favorite scene was when Lincoln gave in to his exasperation at Chase and accepted his resignation.
The tag line should be the book title as Team of Rivals says it all.
Don't let the length of this book cause you to not listen. Like any wonderful piece of writing, you will find yourself immersed and time will fly by.
Honest, Forethought, Decisive
Not much a relevant questions, but Lincoln of course was and excellent man and leader. The book shows how he organized other great men to lead us out of some of the darkest times this nation has experienced.
I liked the personal looks into Lincoln's life and personality and how human this book makes him feel.
There are actually some touching parts throughout, but the death and reaction to his death was amazing.
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