John Jay: Founding Father [NOOK Book]

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John Jay was a central figure in the early history of the American Republic. A New York lawyer, born in 1745, Jay served his country with the greatest distinction, and was one of the most influential of its Founding Fathers. In this first full-length biography of John Jay in almost 70 years, Walter Stahr brings Jay vividly to life, setting his astonishing career against the background of the American Revolution.

Drawing on substantial new ...
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John Jay: Founding Father

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Overview

John Jay was a central figure in the early history of the American Republic. A New York lawyer, born in 1745, Jay served his country with the greatest distinction, and was one of the most influential of its Founding Fathers. In this first full-length biography of John Jay in almost 70 years, Walter Stahr brings Jay vividly to life, setting his astonishing career against the background of the American Revolution.

Drawing on substantial new material, Walter Stahr has written a full and highly readable portrait of both the public and private man. It is the story not only of John Jay himself, the most prominent native-born New Yorker of the eighteenth century, but also of his engaging and intelligent wife, Sarah, who accompanied her husband on his wartime diplomatic missions. This lively and compelling biography presents Jay in the light he deserves: as a major Founding Father, a true national hero, and a leading architect of America's future.

Praise for the print edition of JOHN JAY:

“Walter Stahr’s even-handed account, the first big biography of Jay in decades, is riveting on the matter of negotiating tactics, as practiced by Adams, Jay and Franklin.”
— The Economist

“Walter Stahr writes with great insight, and this wonderful book should restore Jay’s place in the pantheon of our great Founding Fathers.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Steve Jobs

“Stahr’s Jay is a welcome and worthy biography.”
— The Sunday Times (London)

“Walter Stahr, an independent scholar, has written a fascinating, learned and beautifully written biography of a major figure of the American Revolution, one who has been too long overlooked. Mr. Stahr deserves consideration for the Pulitzer Prize for biography.”
— Washington Times

“Mr. Stahr is a superlative biographer, reporting the criticisms made of his subject and then showing why, in most cases, Jay knew better than his contemporary critics or later historians.”
— New York Sun

“Until Walter Stahr’s splendid new biography appeared, the most recent biography of Jay was Frank Monaghan’s John Jay: Defender of Liberty against Kings and Peoples (1935), published some seven decades ago.”
— Journal of American History

“Walter Stahr’s excellent new biography should re-establish Jay’s standing as one of America’s great statesmen. It portrays Jay’s life with a balance and command of the material worthy of the subject.”
— Weekly Standard

“Stahr . . . captures both his subject’s seriousness and his thoughtful, affectionate side as son, husband, father and friend. In humanizing Jay, Stahr makes him an appealing figure accessible to a large readership and places Jay once again in the company of America’s greatest statesmen, where he unquestionably belongs.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Stahr has succeeded splendidly in his aim of recovering the reputation of John Jay as a major founder. His biography is a reliable and clearly written account [and] makes a persuasive case for including Jay among the first rank of Revolutionary leaders.”
— Gordon S. Wood in The New York Review of Books

“Walter Stahr has not only given us a meticulous study of the life of John Jay, but one very much written in the spirit of the man. It is thorough, fair, consistently intelligent, and presented with the most scrupulous accuracy.”
— Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton
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Editorial Reviews

Walter Isaacson
Walter Stahr writes with great insight, and this wonderful book should restore Jay’s place in the pantheon of our great Founding Fathers
Publishers Weekly
Stahr . . . captures both his subject’s seriousness and his thoughtful, affectionate side as son, husband, father and friend. In humanizing Jay, Stahr makes him an appealing figure accessible to a large readership and places Jay once again in the company of America’s greatest statesmen, where he unquestionably belongs.
The New York Review of Books - Gordon S. Wood
Stahr has succeeded splendidly in his aim of recovering the reputation of John Jay as a major founder. His biography is a reliable and clearly written account [and] makes a persuasive case for including Jay among the first rank of Revolutionary leaders.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015085082
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 627,037
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Stahr was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Southern California, and attended the Phillips Exeter Academy, Stanford University and Harvard Law School. After a twenty-five year career as a lawyer he returned to his first love, American history, to research and write a biography of John Jay. Stahr lives, with his wife Masami and two children, in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Newport Beach, California. His website is walterstahr.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    No Other Choice

    Stahr's wonderful and well written book on John Jay successfully retrieves Jay from near obscurity. After meeting Mr. Stahr today and discussing his book, I have selected the title 'No Other Choice' as the appropriate one for his masterful biography of this visionary and dedicated stateman. The author clearly shows how Jay reluctantly (at first)embraced democracy and willingly sacrificed himself for this new nation and did so simply because it 'was the right thing to do'. Historians may not rate him with Washington, Hamilton, Adams or Jefferson, but this books places him squarely in the same class. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    Superb and long overdue

    John Jay is the forgotten Founding Father and this book lifts him from the dustbin of history, brushes him off, and lets him stand next to all the big names -- Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton -- that for years have been so familiar to all Americans. This biography is written at a fast pace and takes in all of Jay's many accomplishments. You will finish it and wonder how it's possible that one man did so much and hasn't been celebrated more than he has. This is not only a great book but it's a lesson that the great often hide their light and it takes time and understanding to uncover them. Take the time to read this book and recommend it to friends. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    A Welcome Addition to biographies of the Founding Fathers

    Walter Stahr's new biography of founding father John Jay is a very welcome-and long overdue-addition to the literature on the American Revolution and the early years of the United States. Jay, a sober man, served his country with intelligence and integrity in more important posts than any other founding father. Stahr's thorough exploration of this complex man is fascinating and sympathetic. Well-written, this book should be snapped up by anyone interested in American history

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Jay

    *smiles at u

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