The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency. When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: "Team of Rivals". This monumental and ...
The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency. When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: "Team of Rivals". This monumental and brilliant work has given Obama the model for his presidency, showing how Abraham Lincoln saved America by appointing his fiercest rival to key cabinet positions. As well as a thrilling piece of narrative history, it's an inspiring study of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. "A wonderful book ...a remarkable study in leadership". (Barack Obama). "A portrait of Lincoln as a virtuosic politician and managerial genius". ("The New York Times"). "I have not enjoyed a history book as much for years' Robert Harris Doris Kearns Goodwin is the doyenne of US presidential historians, and one of the most acclaimed non-fiction authors in the world. Her works include "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream", "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga", and No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt", for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995.
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A tad bit long, but overall, an interesting read. The story of all the personalities and the interplay between the individuals, sometimes made me want to keep a scorecard.
Jan 3, 2013
The research that Doris Kearns Goodwin did is incredible...She brings Abraham Lincoln to life...If you enjoy reading about the Civil war era then this is a must read.
Oct 8, 2011
inside head of lincoln, we learn for our own personal dealings.
Mar 10, 2011
Great Lincoln Book
This book is one the offers many insights into Lincoln the man. The author's research into all the personalities the Lincoln surrounded himself with makes for a fascinating read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about Lincoln will enjoy this book.
Sep 9, 2010
Excellent book to understand Lincoln and his presidency so much better....also find the comparison of Lincoln and Obama very interesting....
Publishers Weekly, 2013-02-25 This production of Goodwin's acclaimed biography enters the marketplace as a tie-in for Steven Spielberg's latest Hollywood epic, Lincoln. While Goodwin's book serves as the basis for the film, listeners of the adaptation may be puzzled that the narrative in this abridged edition does not include President Abraham Lincoln's efforts to gain passage of the 13th Amendment-efforts that provides the centerpiece for a great deal of the movie's storyline. However, the abridgment flows quite smoothly in its own right. Narrator Richard Thomas evokes an earnestness and dignity in keeping with the spirit of the material. He effectively conveys the personal bonds between Lincoln and his unlikely circle of advisors. In the case of Secretary of State William Seward, the emotional depths of the character's devotion become especially clear via Thomas's performance. And the narrator-whose tone remains sentimental without descending into maudlin territory-nicely tackles the sections devoted to Lincoln's family life, most notably the attachment he maintained with youngest son Tad. A Simon & Schuster paperback. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-02 While Goodwin's introduction is a helpful summary and explanation for why another book about Lincoln, her reading abilities are limited: Her tone is flat and dry, and her articulation is overly precise. But the introduction isn't long and we soon arrive at Richard Thomas's lovely and lively reading of an excellent book. The abridgment (from 944 pages) makes it easy to follow the narrative and the underlying theme. Pauses are often used to imply ellipses, and one is never lost. But the audio version might have been longer, for there is often a wish to know a little more about some event or personality or relationship. Goodwin's writing is always sharp and clear, and she uses quotes to great effect. The book's originality lies in the focus on relationships among the men Lincoln chose for his cabinet and highest offices: three were his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860, and each considered himself the only worthy candidate. One is left with a concrete picture of Lincoln's political genius-derived from a character without malice or jealousy-which shaped the history of our nation. One is also left with the painful sense of how our history might have differed had Lincoln lived to guide the Reconstruction. Simultaneous release with the Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 26). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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