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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,765

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day

  • By Darwin8u on 11-14-12

Masked vendication

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

This book felt like an attempt at vindication without the appearance of vendicating. Everything was glanced over and watered down which is annoying in any book but worse in a biography. I wish I had not judged the length of this book as a testimony of its depth.

  • War of Two

  • Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation
  • By: John Sedgwick
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

A provocative and penetrating investigation into the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the founding father dead and turned a sitting vice president into a fugitive. In the summer of 1804, two of America's most eminent statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. That two such men would risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge is almost beyond comprehension. Yet we know that it happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative

  • By Jean on 11-25-15

Rename: Burr the Great Hamilton the Meh

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Would you try another book from John Sedgwick and/or P. J. Ochlan?

I would not read another book by Sedgwick. There is clear bias against Hamilton. I cannot handle 'history' with a view that is clearly one-sided. It felt like Hamilton had done something personally to the author. Since conjecture is the main them, I imagine Hamilton stating to the Sedgwick of his time (Theodore), "Curses to any of your decedents who takes up a pen to write about me." The author, upon hearing this took up his pen against Hamilton which could only mean Burr had to be the victim of a jealous immigrant who became his stalker who had to be taken out.

Would you be willing to try another one of P. J. Ochlan’s performances?

I would not listen to the reader because listening to this book was made worse by the computer-like delivery.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from War of Two?

All personal views of the main characters. They each had many flaws. Shining a light on the flaws of one while downplaying and forgiving the other's was just too much. Conversely, they each had many good points. The same was done. Light was shown on Burr's good parts. Hamilton's goodness were flukes or not good at all. It was too much.

Any additional comments?

I need another non-fiction book. This bordered on fiction.

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