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Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 04 Dec 2014
For readers of Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, the spellbinding history of the epic rivalry that shaped our republic: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America.The decade of the 1790s has been called the "age of passion." Fervor ran high as rival factions battled over the course of the new republic-each side convinced that the other's goals would betray the legacy of the Revolution so recently fought and so dearly won. All understood as well that what was at stake was not a moment's political advantage, but the future course of the American experiment in democracy. In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.Both men were visionaries, but their visions of what the United States should be were diametrically opposed. Jefferson, a true revolutionary, believed passionately in individual liberty and a more egalitarian society, with a weak central government and greater powers for the states. Hamilton, a brilliant organizer and tactician, feared chaos and social disorder. He sought to build a powerful national government that could ensure the young nation's security and drive it toward economic greatness.Jefferson and Hamilton is the story of the fierce struggle-both public and, ultimately, bitterly personal-between these two titans. It ended only with the death of Hamilton in a pistol duel, felled by Aaron Burr, Jefferson's vice president. Their competing legacies, like the twin strands of DNA, continue to shape our country to this day. Their personalities, their passions, and their bold dreams for America leap from the page in this epic new work from one of our finest historians.From the award-winning author of Almost a Miracle and The Ascent of George Washington, this is the rare work of scholarship that offers us irresistible human drama even as it enriches our understanding of deep themes in our nation's history.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781608195435
ISBN-10: 1608195430
Pagini: 464
Ilustrații: 1 x 16 page color insert
Dimensiuni: 156 x 235 x 36 mm
Greutate: 0.54 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Press
Locul publicării: New York, United States

Caracteristici

MASTER CLASS: John Ferling knows more about the Revolutionary era than any historian writing today. He has previously explored the war itself, the politics of independence, and delivered exceptional biographies of Washington and Adams. Now he turns to an equally worthy topic in the titanic rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.

Notă biografică

John Ferling is professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. He is the author of many books on American Revolutionary history, including Apostles of Revolution, The Ascent of George Washington; Almost a Miracle, an acclaimed military history of the War of Independence; and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark. He and his wife, Carol, live near Atlanta, Georgia.

Recenzii

With moments of exciting clarity, Ferling's account of two of the most famous American revolutionaries offers gossip, intrigue, and a window into their heated and turbulent relationship...As personalities clash and egos are wounded, Ferling gives readers a chance to rediscover the birth of the United States through the characters who helped craft its most vital institutions.
From hammering out constitutional liberties and building the nation's banking system to jockeying in early elections. Ferling draws crisp, sharp delineations between his two subjects.
Mesmerizing. Masterful. History written with the gravitation pull of a good novel.
John Ferling is a national resource, and Almost a Miracle is a splendid combination of subject with a superb historian writing at the peak of his powers.
Once in a while a book comes along to remind us that history has no gods, that the past is less fossil than textbooks suggest and America more vibrant than a mere list of principles ... The Ascent of George Washington is just such a book.