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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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    Kevin 01-14-17
    Kevin 01-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This work is truly exceptional"

    This was a fantastic audiobook. Well researched, and well-read I think this book will be enjoyable for almost any listener. I personally was unaware of many of the historical event and relationships described in the book. I'm grateful to the author for her amazing treatment of this amazing story. Her story truly brought Lincoln to life for me.

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    Joy 01-12-17
    Joy 01-12-17
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    "So Interesting-- a great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but suspect it would be too dry and long for me to attempt. Listening in chunks on my commute to and from work is perfect.


    Did Suzanne Toren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There are a ton of characters, but I found that I could keep them all straight.


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

    It's a little long for that!


    Any additional comments?

    The only downside to this audiobook is that the chapters are separated in strange places, which makes it more difficult to stop and start than I'd like. There would be a few sentences on a brand new topic, then the chapter changes. For such a long book, it's impossible to do in one sitting, so this became a real inconvenience. But that's to the editors, not at all the book itself!

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    bjjfighter 01-10-17
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    "great insight into Lincolns life"

    a very enjoyable and informative read. Lincoln was one of a kind. I find myself wishing America could find another president to match his genius and compassion.

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    Dennis Jones 01-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Magnificent in its history, epic in scope. Couldn't stop listening to this master work. Must read.

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    Shager670 12-23-16
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    "A wonderful book"

    Not just a book you listen to during your normal audiobook time. One that you find more time for. Get this book. Listen to it. You will be glad you did.

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    oscar LEXINGTON, SC, United States 12-19-16
    oscar LEXINGTON, SC, United States 12-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Majestic and wonderful."

    A must-listen for anyone who's interested in the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln. A truly superb work.

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    Tyler Tigges 12-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible life & lessons from Lincoln"

    Absolutely loved this! It is a daunting undertaking, but the hours fly by listening. The life & story of Lincoln & his team, is enthralling.

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    Shootion3 12-13-16
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    "winner"

    very long , but very well written. For me there were times I didn't want to quit listening and then other times I was hoping it was over. Pulls you into all the surroundings of Lincoln and the times

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    John Doe Cali 12-12-16
    John Doe Cali 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story, amazing slow reading."

    Only recommendation....listen at 1.5 speed to keep from losing your mind. Such a slow reading.

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    Robert C. Smith 12-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    excellent narrator - 5*
    well researched highlighting Lincolns character and the opinions of his very diverse cabinet, and his masterful administration of it. - 5*
    humorous - 3*

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