Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin audiobook

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

By Doris Kearns Goodwin
Read by Richard Thomas

Simon & Schuster Audio
9.43 Hours Abridged
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Winner of the Lincoln Prize Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. 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, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

A 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Biography

A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2005

A USA Today bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.

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, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A remarkable study in leadership.”  Barack Obama
“Endlessly absorbing…[A] lovingly rendered and masterfully fashioned book.”  Wall Street Journal
“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.”  New York Times
“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.” New Times Book Review
“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.”  Los Angeles Times
“The task the popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has set for herself in writing the history of Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet in Team of Rivals is neither easy nor immediately attractive. But this immense, finely boned book is no dull administrative or bureaucratic history; rather, it is a story of personalities—a messianic drama, if you will—in which Lincoln must increase and the others must decrease.” Washington Post
“Richard Thomas sheds his ‘good old boy’ persona to deliver the strategies and party politics of Abe’s public office with strength and vigor and the great sorrows of his private life in a subdued, anguish-filled tone. There are a few dry patches, cataloging historic events, but Thomas never gives in to the boredom. The Civil War is presented in vividly dramatic detail, capped by an inspiring Gettysburg Address and a dignified account of Lincoln’s assassination. A masterful bio, read by a master storyteller. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Author Bio: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed works of nonfiction and winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Lincoln Prize, and the Carnegie Medal. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a PhD in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency, and, at the age of twenty-four became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson. She served as an assistant to President Johnson in his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs. She has been awarded many honors and accolades, including book prizes and honorary degrees.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English