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 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.
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.
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.
I could listen to her all day and I did with this extensive work.
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.
My first experience with Audible but certainly not my last! Thanks
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
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.
Good, consistent voice work combined with in depth research on all the major players.
For the sheer volume of material I would recommend it to anyone who wishes a work of very broad scope.
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.
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.
This was my first audiobook ever and I am hooked!
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.
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.
We loved hearing the past history of all Lincoln's Cabinet, and how they made it to the White House.
Haven't listened to her before.
It's very long. It had to be broken up over the course of several weeks.
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.
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