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.
My father could not get interested in rabbit protagonists. He rates the audiobook 3/3/2. I changed his rating because I reckoned with that opinion he probably didn't have much stock in the matter either way, where my stronger opinion on the subject might be of more help to readers.
Meanwhile, I've listened to or read this book 4-5 times in the past fourteen years. The book didn't really speak to me when I first read it about age 12, but something stuck with me such that when I thought about it years later I wanted to read it again. And then again. And then again... I think what calls me back every time is the characters' interplay and how they handle themselves together. Quite notably to a professional historian and life-long fan of video games, I have argued that the climactic battle of this work is one of my favorite battles in any medium.
But I cannot put such a fine point on why I keep rereading this book; maybe I'll think more about that this go around. Overall the work has a distinct flavor which I have wanted again when I've thought about it every few years. I think this is my 5th go with it, so I think it will now or soon be the book I have read the largest number of times. I don't know why I will stop rereading it in years to come. I don't feel like I will stop wanting to reread it anymore than I expect that after a certain number of meals I will not want to go again to that one memorable restaurant. Since I would not think to call it a "favorite," that fact seems the more significant to me.
Mr. Gardner is not a psychologist, or a sociologist, and that is great. He is an investigative reporter/writer. And as one who has done a lot of research, from all angles of the science of fear, he does not write from a particular view point. Therefore he is able to write about fear from many viewpoints without the bias that would be present from another type of writer.
The author has layed out fear, and it's drivers in our thoughts, feelings and actions in modern life. And how the politicians and corporations use fear to manipulate how we think of what they do, or what we should buy. He also points out the many things that are not done because of fear can and do costs many lives. As well as huge amounts of money every year. If people used their head more often and less of their gut in making life's decisions we all would be much better off. I think this book is a must read for anyone wanting to take more control of their thoughts of the world around them; and their lives.
Mr. Peterson does a very professional job with the narration. I did not find him having anything that would interfere with listening to his narration. I enjoyed it, and would listen to him again.
Yes, because it is well written and read. A story of that transcends time and place, to come together as a cohesive story about a remarkable set of characters. That brings the reader into a bond with them that must be seen though to the end. And read by a great cast of people that brings it to life in so much better way than if I ear it myself.
The great variation of the kind of characters. Both in personalities and times.
No I have not. However I would look forward to listening to any of them read any of my future books.
Eli McCullough. To meet and get to know a man that is such a survivor, and man who has seen so much change in his life.
I have read other books that weave characters in time and place in the past. And many times I have not enjoyed them. But this author does it so well and with all the right times and places that it really works well. And in the end it seems that this is the best way to bring all these characters together, and make it work as an epic journey though the journey of several generations of a family.
Writing of problems and experiences that are unique to managing a big league club. Francona was not afraid of telling like it was, those problems that happened to him during his tenure in Boston. That brings the reader new insights into what goes on in the head of the manager. Yet he does not betray the club house trust of his players and coaches. These little things that Francona does a great job of conveying, is what make this book a must read baseball book.
I was hesitant at first of buying this book, because I am no fan of the Red Sox; but I am a huge fan of the game. So I went a head with this book, and am so glad that I did. I have read many baseball books over the years. Including Joe Torre’s recent book about his managing the Yankee’s. I found Francona’s book just as interesting, and enjoyable. In many ways Francona is better at putting down the nuances of his thoughts while managing than Torre.
So, if you are a fan of the game of baseball and have wondered “what was he thinking” of a managers decision. This book will go a long way in answering that question. Jeff Gruner’s narration of the book is a joy to listen to. His pacing and inflections are good, and he never has any of those annoying moments or things. Over all between the authors and the narrator, they make a five star listen.
Ron Chernow writes about a man in US history, in such a way that t kept me always wanting to come back to it; and find out what was going on. The biography of a man that had an unbelievable ability to say and do the right things at the right time. Except the last thing he did.
I found Hamilton's story interesting for his foresight of what was needed, and the incredible ability to get what was needed done in so many ways. I loved his fantastic writing and use of the English language, that is amazing in it's brilliants and sure volume. I found his story unique, because it tells of one of a few men in our early government that never owned any slaves. Yet still rose to greatness and made a living in the city.
The author writes a very well researched book. About an honest servant to his country and a true patriot. Something very rare in government today and yet is so much needed.
Scott Brick’s reading is spot on in his use of variation or speed and intensity that kept me enjoying every minuet of it.
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