• Jefferson and Hamilton

  • The Rivalry That Forged a Nation
  • By: John Ferling
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

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 others' 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 struggles - 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.
©2013 John Ferling (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 24-01-15

Well presented and insightful

I greatly enjoyed this insight into the great rivalry of two of our founding fathers. The narrative drives forward in parallel for both men, from birth and early years through to death, which provides a convenient comparison of the events that formed them. I found myself gaining greater understanding of, and pehaps acceptance of, the chaos of today's politics. It's clear that the strongly opposed perspectives of both men were foundational in the creation of America's successful future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy L Vick on 06-03-15

Book is good, narrator isn't

I thought the book was outstanding with interesting details and great insights. The narrator was very difficult to listen to and I had to speed it up to 1.5xnormal speed because he was so slow.

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