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Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution

Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution

by Daniel L. Mallock


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The drama of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is the foundational story of America—courage, loyalty, hope, fanaticism, greatness, failure, forgiveness, love.

Agony and Eloquence is the story of the greatest friendship in American history and the revolutionary times in which it was made, ruined, and finally renewed.

In the wake of Washington’s retirement, longtime friends Thomas Jefferson and John Adams came to represent the opposing political forces struggling to shape America’s future. Adams’s victory in the presidential election of 1796 brought Jefferson into his administration—but as an unlikely and deeply conflicted vice president. The bloody Republican revolution in France finally brought their political differences to a bitter pitch. In Mallock’s take on this fascinating period, French foreign policy and revolutionary developments—from the fall of the Bastille to the fall of the Jacobins and the rise of Napoleon—form a disturbing and illuminating counterpoint to events, controversies, individuals, and relationships in Philadelphia and Washington.

Many important and fascinating people appear in the book, including Thomas Paine, Camille Desmoulins, Dr. Benjamin Rush, Tobias Lear, Talleyrand, Robespierre, Danton, Saint-Just, Abigail Adams, Lafayette, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Dr. Joseph Priestley, Samuel Adams, Philip Mazzei, John Marshall, Alexander Hamilton, and Edward Coles. They are brought to life by Mallock’s insightful analysis and clear and lively writing.

Agony and Eloquence is a thoroughly researched and tautly written modern history. When the most important thing is at stake, almost anything can be justified.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history—books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634505284
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Daniel L. Mallock grew up within walking distance of Peacefield, the home of John and Abigail Adams. Daniel was a member of the Civil War Round Table of Greater Boston, and the Quincy Historical Society. He attended Ripon College and Brandeis University and has published articles in North and South. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his family and several cats.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 "The Best Letter That Ever Was Written" 1

Chapter 2 "An Affection That Can Never Die" 11

Chapter 3 "I Would Have Seen Half the Earth Desolated" 25

Chapter 4 "The Universal Destroyer" 52

Chapter 5 "Their Virtuous Enterprise" 64

Chapter 6 "I Know You Too Well to Fear" 79

Chapter 7 "We Came to Fifth Street, Where Our Road Separated" 99

Chapter 8 "Conceal the Lever" 118

Chapter 9 "All Doors Wide Open" 147

Chapter 10 "A Civil War Was Expected" 172

Chapter 11 "Mr. Jefferson Said I Was Sensitive, Did He!" 196

Chapter 12 "We Are All Republicans, We Are All Federalists" 212

Chapter 13 "This Is Impossible: How Can a Man Repent of His Virtues?" 264

Chapter 14 "Liberty, Friendship, Faith, Thou Wilt Hold Fast" 310

Acknowledgments 336

Endnotes 340

Bibliography 400

Index 422

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