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Team of Rivals Audiobook

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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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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    "Every American must read this book"

    There are few amongst us who would not place Abraham Lincoln near, or at, the top of their list of greatest human beings to ever walk the face of the earth. It difficult to believe one man could possess such qualities. Industry, strength, philosophical reasoning, logic, understanding, compassion. If you want to learn how to be a better person, read this book. In addition, this book is a fantastic look inside the day to day life of an American president. The internal tensions, debates, and political maneuverings are laid out in great and fascinating detail. In the end this book will help you understand what it truly means to be an American.

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    This was a remarkable work on one of the most remarkable men who ever lived. This book was very powerful and very moving. I really felt like I was there with Lincoln throughout this narration. The reading was perfectly paced, clear and very well done. I almost feel like starting the biography over again immediately after finishing it.

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    one of the greatest tellings of Lincoln and the people who made him whi he was in the analogs of time

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    "A Priceless resource in understanding Lincoln"

    Of the many Lincoln biographies that I have read , Team of Rivals is the most the most complete and compelling of all. It is a priceless work.

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    Wonderful historical references, notes, letters, documents arranged and orchestrated brilliantly to tell a thrilling story.

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    "Wonderful work"

    Superbly written and expertly read, Team of Rivals takes you on an in depth tour of 1860s American political life. The narration is as if Ken Burns directed it-- vivid and emotive, it really brings the world of Abraham Lincoln to life!

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Team of Rivals to be better than the print version?

    I absolutely loved the print version of this book, and I would hesitate to say that this audio version is better, but it really was better, I think. The narrator's presentation made it exquisitely and palpably rich in a way that my visual reading did not, though, again, I loved reading the visual version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Doris Kearns Goodwin brings Lincoln and those about him to life. She writes history with as much richness as others write novels. These characters are fully fleshed and richly alive.


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

    At over 40 hours of listening, this book was, perhaps, a little daunting to begin, but that changed in the first chapter, I think; and now that it is finished, I am in grief that I won't be returning to it; 40 hours wasn't long enough. This is a book to savor on the journey of its unfoldment.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad to have read the book in its visual format, and profoundly glad that I followed that up (several years later) with reading it in this absolutely perfect audio format.The narrator, by the way, could not have been better.

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    Phil 08-16-16
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    "The legend of Lincoln"

    Deeply intriguing story as told through the journey of Abraham's cabinet members leading up to and during his historic presidency that changed the country forever.

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    Ethan ALHAMBRA, CA, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Longass book! but so worth it!"

    the way this book paints Lincoln and the men that would make up his cabinet is superbly done. Each man that Lincoln nominated would bring a unique view to his administration. These men, who had come through all walks of life, worked with one of the greatest presidents this country has ever known. his compassion toward those who shunned him, and the willingness to let bygones be bygones is what made him legendary. It makes you wonder, what the country, what reconstruction would have been like if he had lived. highly recommend it for anyone who loves Lincoln.

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    "One of the best I've come across."

    Every person should read this book. Lincoln is one of the great leaders in the history of the western civilization.

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