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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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    The writing is exceptional. The historical details are surprising and rich providing life for an important period of American history.

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    Learned so much more about the greatness of Lincoln. I literally started crying as his death was described. Great writing, great narration.

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    This is quite an extensive and thorough history of Lincoln, but just too long for me. The reader is pleasant to listen to. If I was a Lincoln buff I would find it more engaging.

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    Incredible person with an awful challenge he solved brilliantly. Well written and performed, worth your time although long

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    This book was recommended to me by a friend. normally American history doesn't hold much interest for me so I was happy to discover just how much I enjoyed this novel.
    The story telling was wonderful, the written narrative balanced the facts and a great writing style. Now it is a long book however the historical characters come alive and you get this amazing look into the history of not just one man but a growing nation. So don't let the length scare you.
    I highly recommend this book. From the writing to storytelling, the research and care taken to give us a view into history is just incredibly well done and approachable.

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    Wonderful. It was comprehensive in that it had personal anecdotes about those on the union side, including reasons for the choices that were made. The sacrifices made by the union government officials is breathtaking.

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    "Boy is it ever long..."

    It's not like I didn't know what I was getting into, but some six or so months after downloading it, and four or five other books heard between, I've finally finished Team of Rivals.

    The story is incredible, if maybe a little too fascinated by the material history of the era (I'm just not convinced the colors of dresses at parties is totally relevant to Lincoln's political genius).

    The narration is good, though at moments it felt like my grandma was reading it to me (my grandma has a nice voice, so why not!).

    Probably because of its length, the audio is compressed quite a bit and so the quality is not as good as many other books.

    I'm just glad I finished this dork equivalent of an ultra-marathon.

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    I was transported to the 19th century. I know Lincoln at this point better than my own mother.

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