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Abraham Lincoln is one of the most fascinating figures of our history, for a wide variety of reasons.
He represents the summation of those leadership and personal qualities that had helped to mold a nation. Lincoln stood for all that was right, honest, and self-evident. As a boy, his heroes were the Founding Fathers, and he studied the history of that young nation that was so devoted to human rights.
He grew up in poverty and had a binding link to the common people. He was innovative at a time when the age of discoveries and inventions was just beginning. He was compassionate and caring yet, when necessary, could put his foot down firmly and be decisive beyond question.
He was patient, persistent, consistent, and persuasive rather than dictatorial. But, without a doubt, the foundation of Abraham Lincoln's leadership style was an unshakable commitment to the rights of the individual.
This short book aims at helping those interested in the subject to appreciate a few of the many lessons that Lincoln's life has to offer. It begins with a brief overview of the great man's life story, ranging from the often challenging, circumstances of his birth and early life to the height of his power and his sudden death.
It then moves onto 10 especially significant lessons from that famous life, each springing from the circumstances of a particular stage of his development and his responses to them. While each of these distinct episodes has a particular point to teach to students of leadership, they also help to reveal and illuminate more fundamental principles that are just as valuable.
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By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 08-12-17
Still applies in today's world!
Abraham Lincoln: Life Lessons: Challenges, Solutions and Lessons from the Life of a Great Man by Michael Winicott, Narrated by Mike Norgaard will appeal to lovers of history, those seeking to learn more about the type of man Abraham Lincoln was, and those in leadership roles. I guess I thought this book would be more about universal lessons/practices that stand strong even today, and less about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. I'm not a huge history buff, so I felt the content was a bit dry. However, there are many lessons in this book that would appeal to those who hold leadership roles or those hoping to gain followers of whatever it is they stand for. Because the book focused a lot on the type of man Abraham Lincoln was and why so many people supported and loved him, leaders today could take this book as advice or guidance in their own role as a leader and apply the practices they best see fit. Not knowing much at all about Abraham Lincoln, I felt Michael Winicott's writing was informative and helpful.
The narration of this piece, by Mike Norgaard, was good. Although there were a few spots where words/phrases were repeated (probably due to editing), it didn't take away from my overall listening experience. In my personal opinion, he added to my overall rating of the book because it read like a textbook. I would have much rather listened to him read it to me than me reading it in print. He kept a good pace, spoke clearly, and was easy to understand. If you are a student (or a teacher planning to have your students read this), I would recommend listening to the audiobook because it might keep you more engaged in the text.
Overall, I give this a rating of 4/5 stars, partly due to some editing errors throughout. The infomation was good, but maybe if it was longer or if there was more emphasis on the lessons that could be applied to one's life, rather than an informative script on who Abraham Lincoln was, I would have found it to be more engaging. Now, this does not mean you won't love it...it is just my personal opinion. I'm sure there are many will find this audiobook both informative and interesting.
Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)
By William R. Toddmancillas on 02-28-18
The Lincoln way of leadership
Narration: choppy but comprehensible. A few mispronunciations (e.g., "illinoise").
Content: all meat; no filler. One mistake: Lincoln did not start the civil war. It was thrust upon the nation by secessionists. It was not, as Southeners claim, "The War of Northern Aggression."
Recommended for those needing a brief overview of Lincoln's strengths and a few of his controversial (unjustly claimed) proclivities.
What a stark and favorable contrast with Trump, arguably the worst of our presidents.
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