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A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America's Hidden History

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2010

    Davis Finally Gives This Period in History its Due!

    There are about a million historical accounts that never make it into a school textbook. Textbooks usually do not have the space to give anything but the bare minimum for any given topic. A Nation Rising attempts to correct this injustice by delving deeply into these untold stories.

    Aaron Burr...what do we think of when we hear his name? In most textbooks and in the minds of most Americans, he is reduced to one sentence. Aaron Burr was the one who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Davis goes much further than this...offering up a 61 page account of Aaron Burr's trial, not for murder (dueling was common in those days), but for treason!! Davis includes six such chapters in this fascinating book about life in the early 1800s, from Burr's "trial-of-the-century" to severe conflicts over religion in Philadelphia.

    This period of history is often overlooked as it is the bridge from the Revolutionary to the Civil War. Davis certainly gives it its due in A Nation Rising.

    MY RATING - 4/5

    To see my rating scale and other reviews, please visit my blog:
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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Of doubtful dependability

    The book is interesting, reasonably well written, but as I read the first chapter, on Aaron Burr, I doubted that the information presented by the author had been "hidden." Then when I see, on page 65, that he has James Madison "elected the fifth president of the United States" and on the next page James Monroe is the sixth president, my suspicion that this is not a dependable historical work is confirmed.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

    Keep Current Events out of it

    This is a good history of the period between the War of 1812 and The Civi War. If this was all the book was about, then it would be a pretty good book. Mr. Davis, however, cannot keep his Liberal bias out of a history book. He has to somehow try to degrade Presidents Reagan and Bush. It is interesting that he does not mention the totally incompetent Carter and the impeached Clinton. These omissions are intentional as he attempts to diminish the accomplishments of Reagan and Bush. He fails at this and looks foolish, which takes away from a pretty good book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    It¿s hard to believe that a book on history of 19th century Amer

    It’s hard to believe that a book on history of 19th century America brings into it current events that have no bearing on the historic events but to only show the Author’s liberal bias. Kenneth C. Davis’ “A Nation Rising – Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History” tries to show the darker side of early America post revolution, which I can accept his view as one of many, but to put his fawning over President Obama and his disparagement of the current Tea Party movement (“tea baggers”- Really? You had to go there?) in his book can wait until that history has runs its course. Leave current politics out of a history that is close to 200 years old. Just glad I bought the book off the clearance rack.

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