Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling
The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

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Every American concerned about America’s future would be well served to read this book. Professor Ferling does not provide the answer. What he does is provide a lot of thought provoking material for each of us to do some serious soul searching.
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A spellbinding history of the epic rivalry that shaped our republic: Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and their competing visions for America.
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.

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.
 

About John Ferling

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John Ferling is Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he has appeared in many documentaries and has written numerous books, including Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War for Independence, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, The First of Men: A Life of George Washington, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson in the American Revolution, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic.
 
Published October 1, 2013 by Bloomsbury Press. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Donald MacCuish on Sep 18 2013

Every American concerned about America’s future would be well served to read this book. Professor Ferling does not provide the answer. What he does is provide a lot of thought provoking material for each of us to do some serious soul searching.

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Reviewed by Joseph Goulden on Feb 18 2014

John Ferling, arguably the best historian of the period, recounts with engaging, authoritative prose the decades-long struggle that traces the parallel careers of Jefferson, the scion of Virginia gentry, and Hamilton, born out-of-wedlock on Nevis in the British West Indies.

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Oct 09 2013

“Jefferson and Hamilton” is a tightly-paced portrait of a rivalry that helped define our country. Ferling slices to the core of each man’s life, helping to define and delineate the truths – good and bad – inherent to them both.

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