This is the best treatment I have read of the differences that developed our country's first political parties and what the real issues were behind all of the rhetoric and name calling. It was difficult for me to understand Jefferson's position prior to this book. Now I know why he won the election and was elected for a second term so easily. It is an excellent book. Both presidents are treated fairly. I only wish the author had explored and written more about the correspondence of these two giants after their presidencies. Our nation is indebted to these two men and their unique contributions to our republic.
This is a no nonsense indepth presentation of the days leading up to and after Lincoln's assassination. It is fast moving, yet covers the major events and people involved. I came away from the book with the thought that the assassination of Lincoln had as much impact upon our nation as the civil war itself. When they were combined it took our nation so much longer to recover. You will not be able to put the book down unless there is a genuine emergency of a great enough magnitude that life or limb are threatened
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