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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Audiobook

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The basis for the Academy Award-winning movie from Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the president and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln

In this mega bestseller, the acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln’s political genius in a 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. Lincoln succeeded 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 opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2005
  • 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

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Lorna | 5/20/2011

    " This was a hard read, yet I learned so much. All I can say is wow! Abraham Lincoln was amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Joel | 5/3/2011

    " A fantastic book that explores how tenuous the Union was and how fortunate we were to have Lincoln as our president. Can't recommend this book enough! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Brian | 4/26/2011

    " Great book about pure political genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by David | 4/23/2011

    " One of my favorite books. Goodwin does an excellent job bringing history to life. "

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About the Author
Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Goodwin was a White House Fellow during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and taught government courses at Harvard University. She won the Lincoln Prize in 2006 for her book Team of Rivals and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission advisory board; she is also a political news analyst for NBC, CBS, and ABC, among others, and she lectures around the country. Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband.

About the Narrator

Richard Thomas, a film and television actor, is best known for his role as John-Boy Walton on the CBS television series, The Waltons. His performance earned him a Primetime Emmy, as well as two Golden Globe nominations. Also an audiobook narrator, he has read numerous books, including John Grisham’s Theodore Boone series.