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  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Written by: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Written by: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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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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Inspiring

An inspiring account of one of the greatest men in history. And true to the title, the book narrated in good detail lives of each of the four men, their aspirations, follies and strengths. Some of the lessons can be applied in corporate setting in dealing with people.

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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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  • SolidDragoon922
  • 03-06-22

Exceptional man, exceptional book.

Thank you John C Maxwell for recommending this exceptional book. Abraham Lincoln was an extraordinary man and this book brought his greatness as man and leader alive. This book deserves widespread distribution.

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  • David
  • 29-09-21

Astonishing! Powerful!

I cannot recommend it highly enough...a touching story about a man that is evidently larger-than-life. Crisply and brilliantly read.

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  • Faaria
  • 02-07-21

Narration that transports the listener.

Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a deep dive into Abraham Lincolns life. By contrasting and comparing Lincolns life to his contemporaries, we are given a far more colourful and multifaceted understanding of his motivations, characteristics, socioeconomic, and religious drivers. A very lengthy exposition, but definitely worth it. The narration by Suzanne Torren in a New England accent is a tour de force; it simply transports the reader. Fantastic!

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  • HEB
  • 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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  • E P
  • 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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-23

Inspiring leadership in difficult times

An excellent historical book about inspiring & successful political leadership in difficult times, a story about a leader with humility, empathy, self-knowledge, humor, great rhetorical skills and intelligence. An awesome character who controlled his emotions like no other and above all, he was an inspiring moral human being who served his country well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-22

Outstanding

I’m English and haven’t read anything about the American presidents except a bit around the war time leaders, and so I was apprehensive to start such an epic. But I am so glad I did. Wonderfully interesting stories brought to life by fantastic writing and narration.

Would highly recommend.

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  • graham darby
  • 14-12-22

A brilliant read

Lincoln was a genius and this book underlines that fact superbly. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-11-22

Riviting, in depth study of Lincoln

This in depth study of Abraham Lincoln, American politics and the Civil War is insightful and refreshing. I could not stop listening.

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  • Steve Richardson
  • 09-10-22

A truly magnificent account of a gifted statesman

Thia book brings to lufe what a remarkable human being Abraham Lincoln was. A phenominal story.

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  • Richard Bonnor-moris
  • 17-09-22

Remarkable political biography

The best I've ever heard. Lessons for all ages not to mention the astonishing protagonist.

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  • Terry Jones UK
  • 21-08-22

Team of Rivals

I read the book 14 years ago and took lots of notes.
It was good to be reminded of the unique political events/dynamics re the Team and the American Civil War.
The tragedy of Lincoln assassination, and hence the described loss of the prospect of a conciliatory approach to restructuring the American South, is still evident today.
Very well narrated

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  • phil baskers
  • 25-09-22

A good mix of history and lessons

A long read but good context and as a non-American, it was an interesting historical story alongside leadership lessons for the modern day. I listened on 1.5x speed and was still a worthy listen.

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  • Ben
  • 24-03-22

does justice for a great man

great biography on the man. focusing on his ability to bring people together. lincoln utilised prople, regardless of how they felt about him and directed their talents towards acheiving great things. a great story ending so abruptly in tragedy

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  • Gordon
  • 10-11-21

Intriguing perspective of greatness

As an Australian this gave me a truly excellent perspective of not just one great man but the many personalities that went into making his enduring greatness.

I had never appreciated just how hard a presidency Lincoln endured and overcame. His election was the catalyst to the civil war and ultimately lead to the abolition of slavery through bloodshed.

The fact that the Emancipation Proclamation started as a pragmatic step to enlisting slaves doesn't lessen the meaningfulness of the period. One should be careful of "Presentism"

Funny to think that the silence he heard following his Gettyburgh address made him think that the "speech would not ware". A sign of someone doing there best and not assuming greatness.

The quotes from Fredrick Douglass regarding Lincoln and his ability to convey the impression of being colour blind are reassuring of a man who was always present and available... alas, he was to present when John Wilkes Booth stepped into the President's booth and the rest is history.

So much depth to this book.

Loved it!