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From the PublisherThe Washington Times This book is a Must Read for anyone who wants an inside story of the early struggles of our country and of a remarkable true heroine.
The News & Observer Crawford addresses his subject with a historian's accuracy, and he generously spices his text with rich and gossipy details....[He] crafts an elegant, true history with intelligence and grace.
Richmond Times-Dispatch Reminiscent of both Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and James Fox's White Mischief, Crawford's book is more than simply an interesting addition to Virginiana. Unwise Passions blends social history, politics, and mystery into what would become a classic work of scholarship. That the book is such an entertaining read is the bonus bestowed by an author of much talent.
Richard Brookhiser, The Wall Street Journal [A]n unbeatable tale....We think of the Founders as men of marble, but they knew that human hearts (including their own) could be dark and tempestuous. That is why they built their political systems with such care. Unwise Passions is the black velvet backdrop to an introductory course in political philosophy.
The Washington Post Book World ...an engaging exercise in popular history...[Nancy Randolph] was an extra-ordinary woman...and we are indebted to Alan Pell Crawford for rescuing her from undeserved oblivion.