Jefferson and Hamilton : The Rivalry That Forged a Nation, Paperback

Jefferson and Hamilton : The Rivalry That Forged a Nation Paperback

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, 1 x 16 page color insert
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781608195435



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Joy's review: A well-written and mostly even-handed book that compares and contrasts Jefferson and Hamilton's lives, philosophies, and contributions to creating, establishing, and preserving the new American republic. Well worth the time to remind yourself of the American history you may have forgotten such as why the Articles of Confederation didn't work or that Jefferson had nothing to do with the Constitution (he was in Paris at the time). Ferling also does a good job of pointing out the foibles of some now legendary participants such as Washington. Did you know that he kept the Continental army inactive for as much as 10 months per year (or more!) throughout the war?

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