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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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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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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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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