Close to the top. The Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich still ranks at the top of history books I've listened to so far. This is a very strong contender.
Handling of Jefferson's Inconsistency in dealing with slavery.
He was easy to listen to. However,after listening to Meacham's delivery of the afterward, I found myself thinking that it would have be great if he narrated the book himself.
No, other than feeling that I had learned a lot, much of it explains many of the political divisions that characterize politics today, and things look pretty tame now compared to Jefferson's era..
Meacham's coverage of this character and the period taught more than any history course I had in school.
Maybe. It was very engaging, although it would take a lot for me to listen to any book more than once --- there are too many other books out there to listen to.
Burr is clearly the most riveting character, although "favorite" is probably not the best term for him under all the circumstances disclosed.
Same as above.
The descriptions of Burr's trials including the background on other key players such as John Marshall were very enlightening. The background on what led to the duel with Hamilton and why Hamilton approached it the way he did was also very interesting.
Terrific book, wild story, should be a major motion picture! Everyone knows that Burr shot Hamilton, but the details about the 1800 election, the treason and related trials, the time in Europe, all of this was very compelling and not the stuff I recall getting in school.
This book would appeal to someone who is primarily interested in the letters between Burr and his daughter.
Probably not. He relied too much on direct quotes.
It was a decent reading; the content was the main problem.
The second half of the book was much more engaging because it incorporated the content of letters into a cohesive narrative, rather than depending almost entirely on lengthy quotes from letters --- which characterized the first half of the book. So, I would edit the first half to match the second half.
Burr's story itself is quite compelling and was handled much better elsewhere.
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