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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 21, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BVGTW6
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Regarding Kindle version:
Pros: It is lightweight, which is a lot easier than reading a 900 page book.
Cons: The search function is not enabled in the Kindle version. The back-of-the-book Index has hyperlinks, but you have to manually page through it to find what you want to search for. This is a real drawback in a book of so many characters that you often want to be reminded about who somebody is.
But how many people realize he was one of the best managers in the world by asking three of his political rivals to serve underneath him and get great results? Or how balanced he was in balancing political allies who were each other's political or personal rivals?
I enjoyed this book a lot because the author looks at not just Lincoln, but the other persons with their own aspirations - Seward, Stanton, Bates, Chase, and other politically powerful families like the Blairs, and some of them have very big egos. Yet all of them were humbled and realized just how much wiser and stronger Lincoln was. There would be no powers behind the throne. Lincoln alone was the boss, but he depended on rivals turned friends to do their job to run the Union during the Civil War.
Former President Barack Obama really liked this book and seemed to have been inspired by Lincoln and this book to form his first presidential cabinet. While Obama and I firmly disagree on his view on religion, the military, healthcare, and domestic policy, liking this book is one thing we have in common. Overall, I can see why Goodwin deserves her accolades and tells a powerful story of a humble, kind, but determined man to rise above his peers and serve his country in its darkest hour.