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)
Anyone with an interest in liberty, moral courage, and inspired leadership should listen to the history of Lincoln as told by Ms Goodwin in this fantastic book. Painting a picture of Lincoln alongside his chief rivals and eventual counselors brings into sharp relief what a truly great man Lincoln was. The book is replete with details woven together in a way so engaging that you hardly realize you are receiving a collegiate-level education on one of the defining times in American history. Ms Toren's reading is admirable, with an intonation and feeing that bring Lincoln and his contemporaries to life. I have listened to the whole book twice since selecting it a few months ago, and I expect to return to it again in the future.
Excellent insight into the working of the Lincoln cabinet, and his desire for diverse opinion and the mastery of his ability to mold this thought into cogent action.
Did not enjoy the narrator, she was some what stilted.
Would recommend this title to anyone.
What insight into political angeling and strategy.
Like being a fly inside the White House. Know Lincoln better than ever.
I tried to read it initially, but it was to dense for me. The narrative was fine, but I read it at a snail's pace. The listening experience was much more enjoyable to me. I could comprehend and enjoy listening so much more than reading. It's sensible to listen to this wonderful story, the strongest narrative not only of Lincoln, but his amazing team, and their times.
Lincoln was the master of times. His ability to respond to the crisis staggers my imagination. Steward a close second, again a man of times, and yet beyond it.Salmon P Chase was also an amazing character because he stood apart from President to the point that Lincoln let him leave.
Her voice is that of so many teachers I have had. She makes the narrative work with grace. No pretense as she reads a truly male story flawlessly.
Longer stories, like this put a smile on my heart. I've been moved to listen to it, twice and love it.
Have to hunker down to listen to it.
Just about the best read and a reminder what our democracy is really all about. It is a classic and best company, spending time with Lincoln via Audible. Doris Kearns Goodwin is truly remarkable.
The content of this book was great. The greatness of Lincoln really shines through. However, the first quarter of the book almost focused on the rivals too much. Would have loved more Lincoln content from the time before he was President. Anyways, it was a great read and really educational.
As for the narrator, it should have been a male. Almost all the characters are male. The made it a little dull at times. But, that is a minor issue.
It took me 2 years to finish it, buy I finally did. This book is one of the greatest stories I have ever read; the most complete and detailed recount of the U.S. Civil War that I know of. Undoubtedly, Abraham Lincoln was and will continue to be one of the greatest leaders that the United States has known.
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