Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Team of Rivals

Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Narrator: Suzanne Toren

Abridged: 9 hr 29 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Published: 10/25/2005

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Synopsis

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.

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