Once close friends, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became bitter rivals as they fought for control of the young government. In a no-holds-barred brawl, both camps used any and all methods to sway voters. There was mudslinging, name-calling, and backstabbing. After a stalemate in the Electoral College, balloting went on for days and nights. Friendships were crushed, promises were broken, civil war was threatened. In the end, a shady deal gave Jefferson the presidency, and America would never be the same.
Considering the turmoil of the modern era, Adams vs. Jefferson is a timely book through which we can better understand the antagonistic atmosphere of contemporary politics.
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Listen to John Ferling talk about this book on the October 3, 2004, edition of Booknotes.
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"Ferling richly presents the twists and turns of the election, as well as a vivid portrait of a struggling new nation and the bruising political battles of our now revered founding fathers." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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).
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