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In this monumental multiple biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin studies Abraham Lincoln's mastery of men. She shows how he saved Civil War-torn America by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet positions, making them help achieve his vision for peace. 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 book to bury yourself in.

©2021 Doris Kearns Goodwin (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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So little did I know about this great being!

The books is a handy work of scrupulously crafted verbatim and tell tales, the supreme memoir that ever is or will be.

But it’s not the book that held me, it’s the man- I never knew the great man beyond his quotes and legends. This tale narrates the man Lincoln was, his fallibilities, his gullibilities, his nativities and his ascendency to leadership without any pretence or makeup and with clarity of purpose and honesty of intent. His child like joy in little things is a lesson to modern day ‘us’, the ones who surround ourselves in physical comforts and still yearn for more. His ability to take criticism and still keep his chin up, to manoeuvre through tight spots and seek assistance with clean heart when not able to wriggle out. Finally his innateness of being nice and to touch everyone whom he came across in person or otherwise is a lesson to modern day leaders both in business and politics. If the man wanted, he could have an easy presidency but he chose the hard one with his team of rivals and this became the indelible honest Abe!

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  • 20-06-21

Truly amazing and should be compulsory listening

I have been frustrated by the lack of an audio version of this book for a long time. I was so keen to hear it that I emailed the author and publisher and was extremely excited when it landed on Audible.
Having just finished it I can honestly say that it exceeded my wildest expectations. It is fascinating, inspiring, moving and sometimes even funny.
It is, essentially, a biography of Lincoln but it is so much more. Anyone who leads people or faces challenges should listen or read this. Obama cites it as one of his inspirations and I really understand why.
Listen, learn, laugh and cry. You will be glad you did.

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  • 01-06-21

Masterclass in government

Lincoln weaves a team together to resist the secessionist South. Showing a generosity of spirit, matched with ruthless determination to win.How he moves in stages to abolish slavery, matching and moulding USA public, is a masterclass in government. A long listen, but not a word is wasted