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Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrator: Richard Thomas Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780743553704
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “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.”

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  • 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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 David | 4/23/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/23/2011

    " An interesting take on Lincoln as politician. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poppy | 4/17/2011

    " The similarities between Lincoln and Obama are startling. Very readable history - am enjoying this book very much - but I wish I had purchased it for Kindle. The book is so heavy, I can barely support it while I read - my only complaint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/12/2011

    " A decent book about the political side in Washington and the Lincoln administration during the civil war which isn't told as frequently as the more war centric stories. There wasn't as much insight into Lincoln's leadership strategy as I hoped though. "

About the Author

Author 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.

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.