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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

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Excellent

Marvellous and captivating book with the characters powerfully brought to life by the esteemed author.

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Best Product Management book on the market

Main points

Close to customers
External rather than internally focused
Long term over short term
Influence instead of power
Not allowing oneself to be emotionally hijacked
Empathy for other roles
Constant communication
Vision
Simple language and analogues as communication

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Spectacular and mind blowing

An epic and unbelievably detailed, yet thoroughly enthralling journey through a critical period of history, not just for the U.S. but for the entire world.

Before listening I knew little of the Civil War, nor of Lincoln and was left in awe of his essential goodness. It does not seem that many of his peers were able to match his talents, morality and humility; but he towers in greatness over today’s leaders.

Despite its length the book is engaging throughout and the narration is exemplary. To the point I would say it is probably the best reading of an audio book all round.

Read/listen to it for enjoyment, for historical context and education, but most importantly to learn and in turn practice the right way to think, to treat people and carry yourself in the world.

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Superb

This is a meticulously researched, extraordinarily detailed and captivating biography of Lincoln and the most prominent members of his cabinet, and their loved ones. If you enjoy the drama of history then this book is a pleasure to listen to, with anecdotes and vignettes used with great dexterity to break up the weightier sections of the story. It's a remarkable piece of work, and all the vibrancy, character and colour of the period is vividly captured in a lively text that is never dull. The reading is, almost, perfect - a warm, elegant narrative tone that becomes animated and expressive when reading quotations, “in character”. This is a long listen, so it must have been a very long series of recordings, but the consistency in the delivery is really admirable. My only small quibble is with the odd (to my ears) pronunciation of some familiar words (that reappear several times, so not a one-off mistake). There were more than I can remember now, but a few stick in my mind: acumen = ah-K’YOO-men, short-lived = short-LIE-ved, Herculean = huh-K’YOO-lian. However, I can’t say that these oddities spoiled the book especially. In fact, they often made me smile. Highly recommended.

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  • 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.