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 administrationbut 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 developmentsfrom the fall of the Bastille to the fall of the Jacobins and the rise of Napoleonform 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.
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Table of Contents
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