Fascinating book! This covers only a short period of Lincoln's life, but you get an amazing sense of who he was and how he lead. The author places you in the room and in Lincoln's mind with all the excellent research that was put into writing this book. This was my first book on Lincoln and I have read several others since then ( I was inspired to learn more about him after reading this book) but this is by far the best one I've read.
1862 was an extraordinary political, social and military year and David Von Dehle's Rise to Greatness exhaustively includes all. The narrator's voice grasped the gravity of the events. His Lincoln voice, always distinguishable, was chilling. The events of that year were expounded upon with such authoritative detail that at times you could get lost in the maze of names and connections. Always though there was a significant summation, and the next month arrived with a new chapter. Outstanding production and even better history.
My first "read" via audiobooks: A most enjoyable and informative book...really peaked my interest for further reading. Great narration I'm now "reading"/listening to Team of Rivals....this book has provided a great background that makes Team of Rivals better understood and appreciated.
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