This Book of the Month Club main selection by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin paints a compelling and comprehensive picture of Abraham Lincoln's uncanny ability to convert personal and political foes and strengthen his presidency. Displaying Lincoln's disarming political savvy, this riveting narrative reveals how well Lincoln handled his cabinet of Secretary of State Seward, Secretary of the Treasury Chase, Attorney General Bates, and other rivals.
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by Doris Kearns Goodwin
by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Mark Davis
by William J. Cooper
by Rosie Goodwin
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer spins a historical tale around Lincoln's unexpected rise to the presidency and his surprising, but brilliantly calculated, choice of three ex-rivals as members of his Cabinet. Richard Thomas sheds his "good old boy" persona to deliver the strategies and party politics of Abe's public office with strength and vigor, and the great sorrows of his private life in a subdued, anguish-filled tone. There are a few dry patches, cataloging historic events, but Thomas never gives in to the boredom. The Civil War is presented in vividly dramatic detail, capped by an inspiring Gettysburg Address and a dignified account of Lincoln's assassination. A masterful bio, read by a master storyteller. M.T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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