Daniel Webster: The Man and His Time / Edition 1by Robert V. Remini, W W Norton & Co.
Pub. Date: 10/17/1997
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
An important new interpretation of Daniel Webster's life by an award-winning biographer. In almost every respect, Daniel Webster was larger than life, an intellectual colossus, a statesman of the first rank, and a man of towering and finally unfulfilled ambition. In this new biography, Webster is seen as a major player in American politics in the era between the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War, involved with every significant issue confronting the new nation. Webster had no equal as an orator, then or since. Whether in the Senate, before the Supreme Court, or on the political stump, he was a golden-tongued spellbinder, often holding audiences in thrall for hours. In his lifelong defense of the Constitution, and as a constant upholder of the Union, Webster won love and respect. He was often referred to as "the Godlike Daniel." But he was also referred to as "Black Dan" because of his questionable dealings with men of wealth and power, his political conniving, his habitual nonpayment of debts, and perhaps even his somewhat roving eye. This full life gives us Webster the public man as well as Webster the private worrier--worried about his home and land, particularly his beloved marsh field, his family, and, above all, his place in history. This biography truly illuminates the era in which he lived.
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I suppose Arthur Schlesinger will always be regarded as FDR's most important biographer as will Robert Caro of Lyndon Johnson. But Robert Remini's profiles of Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and Daviel Webster should be required reading for all students trying to get a feel for pre-Civil War America. The writing is lush and warm, bringing alive characters such as the above who you just can't help but like. In this case, Webster comes across as an original thinker, an incredibly captivating speaker--even better than Obama?--and all-around fun guy who loved to make money and drink wine. Remini is a fantastic writer and historian. Bravo. N. Murphy of New York