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)
Although this is a VERY long audio book, it is worth the time invested. It does a very thorough job of covering the political genius of our 16th president chronicling his ups and down politically. At times one is prone to get aggravated at Lincoln for his forgiving spirit but one cannot argue with the results it produced even in extraordinary circumstances.
I thought some more time might have been spent getting more sentiment from his cabinet following the president assassination but after all that went on previously in the book, it does wrap up nicely.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TEXT.
I doubt if there is another source that will provide the same level of insight into the man, his character, and the people who surrounded him. Goodwin's writing style is continually captivating. The narrator is excellent - few are.
It made me believe I was living those times and places. But not to say anything about the great narration, which is the source of the wonder of those times, would be misleading.
Team of Rivals is one of the best books I have ever listened to. So well written, You Laugh, you cry, you anger; you sadden, you appreciate, you yell at these enlightening persons, you want to kill. The emotions Team of Rivals grabs from you are intensely real.
You can not do it, but if you could you bet.
To not listen to this book because you believe it to be tooo many hours, is a big mistake.
I believe some of the persons looking forward to running for President should definitely listen to it.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit and definitely learned a lot about Lincoln I did not know. My only issue was the length considering I usually listen for only 30 minutes at a time. Of course I knew that going in...
I would still highly recommend the book. Lots of lessons for anyone. I have a new appreciate for Lincoln.
From the first sentence this book captivates; with the detailed history of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet. It is difficult to understand how relevant to this day the politics and tactics of the great politician and statesman Lincoln are.
Any politician should read it and will benefit. Any history lover ought read it.
Lincoln possessed a greatness of moral, of dealing with people, and above all a greatness of character.
I loved this book and recommend listening to it through audiobook, as I did, every morning while commuting and at the treadmill. The book is as long as 'war and peace' and if you're busy with your career as I am, it might be difficult to finish if you attempt to read instead of listen through audiobook.
Suzanne Toren does a masterful job narrating this story which is primarily about men from a male perspective.
There are certainly intriguing female characters in this book but it is first and foremost about Lincoln and his relationships with other men from his father to his colleagues on the judicial circuit to his cabinet, generals and trusted allies.
Most American children are instilled with a respect for Lincoln and in my own education I was early on instructed that Lincoln "freed the slaves" and later came to understand more of his role in the civil war. What most Americans lack is an understanding of the time, the place, the circumstances that brought Lincoln to the presidency and the masterful way that he administered the office.
This book brings Lincoln to life in ways that were certainly new to me and gave me a much deeper appreciation for the humility, courage and humanitarian nature of Lincoln. One of the best compliments I can offer is that after listening to this book I have Lincoln near the top of my "meet anyone from history" list.
This is not a quick listen but the Lincoln story was written over decades and is deserving of the extended telling. This is the story of a modern day figure that shaped the world we live in, regardless of where we live.
After watching the movie Lincoln, I bought the book Team of Rivals. I got about a 1/3 of the way through it but then got distracted. So glad to have finished it thanks to Audible. Great read.
Unabridged is the way to go. Would have preferred a different reader. Well researched using primary sources to support most of the assumptions.
Reading, listening and learning everyday
Story, performance, subject matter was all amazing. Learning and understanding the masterful way Lincoln selected and managed his cabinet is a further testament to his genius and effectiveness as arguably the greatest leader in the history of this country
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