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
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. Download and start listening now!