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Team of Rivals Audiobook
Team of Rivals
Written by: 
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Narrated by: 
Suzanne Toren
Team of Rivals Audiobook

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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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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    Blu 03-19-15
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    "Must read for Political history!"

    This book should be a required read for both political science students as well as those studying history! Great book!!!

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    Amazon Customer Washington DC 03-18-15
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    "Unnecessary long full of unnecessary details"

    It is really waste of time to have so much unimportant & unnecessary details
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    Charles L. Baker 03-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful But ...."

    The initial concept of the team of rivals is initially powerful, but as the President grew into his role, the rivals fade into mere footnotes. The Bully Pulpit an No Ordinary Time are stronger.

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    Johnny Medford, OR, United States 03-13-15
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    "Amazing work."

    The Civil War was not about States rights. only the most disingenuous and cynical among persist in that despicable lie. The war was fought to end slavery. Lincoln was sent to us in our time of need and had he lived, so much that has happened in this nation between the races would not be so.

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    Douglas W Hammel 03-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book on leadership!"

    Lincoln can teach the leaders of today! Building teams while still maintaining control. Giving team members decision making authority while still making the ultimate decisions.

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    Luz de Mayo Camacho 03-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far one of the best.


    What other book might you compare Team of Rivals to and why?

    Bill Clinton's My Life


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

    She expresses the best of the characters.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book.

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    Roger ROCKLAND, MA, United States 03-09-15
    Roger ROCKLAND, MA, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    After reading some reviews I was a little concerned I wouldn't enjoy the book. There were many complaints on the narration. I had no problem at all I found her wonderful to listen too and thoroughly enjoyed the story

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    Not Dibs 03-04-15
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    "Unbelievably detailed history lesson"

    Very long, but often interesting. Goodwin knows her stuff. Amazing retelling of a tragic tale of US history. Explains why Lincoln was such a great man.

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    Lauren ARKADELPHIA, AR, United States 03-04-15
    Lauren ARKADELPHIA, AR, United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Phenomenally researched and extremely enlightening"

    This has been one of my top 3 audible listens (of over 30 total) so far. I am in awe of how much attention to detail there was as well as how interesting all of the information was. If you've ever been curious about Abraham Lincoln and this fascinating time in history, THIS is the be-all, end-all book to read. LOVED IT!!!

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    Aaron 03-03-15
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    loved it! A great book with excellent insight. A must read for anyone who calls themselves a Lincoln lover

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