Say something about yourself!
The vitality of the two hundred year old political feuds in current history has impressed me in my reading (seven books on the 1790s now) it. Evidently its force is such that not only do we anticipate drama and bile from its scholars, we reviewers and I myself often begin to consider a book to our fellows in precisely the context of which of well known sides is it on.
But while, especially in the epilogue--isn't it wonderful when scholars show appreciable consideration in treating a sensitive area of history, only to gush all over the epilogue with how messianic one side was from the final tally?--Mr. Ferling may be described as "Jeffersonian," and other reviewers are correct that his tour drives past several popular attractions of villainy, I think the book very well satisfies its purpose of tracing the important election.
If Mr. Ferling is gentle and personally favors Jefferson, then it must be admitted sporting and professional that he is comparably gentle to the other contenders in the election. He gives the benefit of the doubt to Adams' and Burr's shenanigans as he does to Jefferson's and he says fair play to Hamilton (who, not being a candidate in 1800, does not need the same treatment as the others here, and whom ever Mr. Chernow does not say is at his best on the date in question) on several relevant occasions, including a review (presumably motivated by the trends of the recent history) of some of Hamilton's nationally formative contributions once Jefferson has ascended into the epilogue. The presentations in authorial style and reader performance did not impact my experience (good or ill).
I would recommend this book to someone who was only going to read one book to learn about the period. It draws gently positive but not totally indulgent composites of each of the major figures and at least familiarizes its attentive reader with the overview of their doings, personalities, significances (again, with respect to 1800 of course), and points of controversy. High drama, dirty pool, and epic villification certainly were and are integral aspect of the era of the subject, but Ferling admirably keeps his course to that subject though he traces several decades over all: that is, he keeps to matters relevant to the election of 1800 rather than the whole movement in political opera. On that note, it covered the election of 1800 rather well; I had very few notes of unanswered details.
If you have read some on the era, mostly this offers a review, perhaps good details on biographies whom you have not read yet, or perhaps a more nearly neutral, to any figure neither overly acidic nor apologist, consideration of the events. It does, of course, have fine details on how the electoral machine stalled and a professional assessment on what famous and little known events did or did not cause the outcome. Concluding, if you're bothering to read the reviews, I think you're interested enough and the history is well done enough that you wouldn't be disappointed.
Incredibly relevant. Watch the original political parties infight and disintegrate. A look into the internal struggles of the Federalists, though Ferling doesn't show the same depth of insight looking at the Republicans. See how a President must fight off enemies while holding off his allies' ambitions. Great elaboration of the Vice and Presidency years you may have seen in the John Adams miniseries
Adams' standing up to Hamilton's henchmen and seeking peace outside their purview. Did cost him the election, might have saved democracy in America. The politics got really nasty.
I reccomend Madison and Jefferson to anyone who wants a much more in-depth look at the subject matter with a better assessment of the Republican's manoeuvres. Wish it was on Audible.
I dont know, I have not read the print version, the audio version is excellent though
I love the way the beginning of party politics and electioneering, something that has never ceased since begins to come into play and we see how it all started. The common misconception that our founders live in a harmonious bliss where they all agreed on all things in obviously a myth, but one many people today believe in. This book is the perfect illustration of how that is not the case and how it all began. I thought the story was great and the book was compelling. i found myself looking forward to the next time I could listen.
The story is written in a flow that leaves you wanting to listen to more. If you love politics, history and the inside baseball of Washington then and now you will love this book, I do and I did.
I wish Audible would provide a better product. I continually have to go back and try to find my place to listen. Audible apparently disables the ability to burn a book to even one disk so I can listen to it. The iPod just doesn't do well on audiobooks (probably unless you buy them from Apple). It is impossible to get a book burned to CD so I can listen to it and it never plays right on the iPod.
The story was excellent. I felt the performance was a little flat and pedantic. Learned a lot about the times and Adams and Jefferson (and Hamiliton and Burr).
My wife and I relocated from Florida to the Philippines in May 2012. I retired in 2004 with the DuPont Co. I like to listen to Audio books while working on the computer.
Yes, I shared on Facebook that this book will provide the details on how our Founding Fathers worked on the US Constitution as we see it today.
The 2nd and 3rd Presidents provided the foundation for the USA, as members of the Federalist Party vs the Republican Party respectively.
Both Presidents died on the same day, within 5 hours of each other. They both believed in God and His Son Jesus Christ.
They became good friends during the last 15 years, with Jefferson in Virginia and Adams in Mass.