Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation

by John Ferling
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Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books of American history I've ever read. Ferling brings these two figures to life as flesh-and-blood human beings, and  shows how their rivalry was a critical factor in the  birth of the United States and the way it developed in its first decade. The author is sympathetic to both men, though he seems to find more to admire in Jefferson. Ferling is a powerful writer, a good storyteller, and probably knows this period of history as well as anyone alive.  I rank him right up there with David McCullough and Joseph Ellis as one of the best historians around. All of his books are worth reading but this is one of his best. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For most Americans, it is easier to "like" Thomas Jefferson over Alexander Hamilton. Looking back at these two giants amaong the founding fathers, with the advantage of hindsight, we need to keep in mind that both of these men were human and like all humans they have faults. While reading this book, remember that they both were politicians with huge egos and very different visions on the future of this country. It would be very intersting if Jefferson & Hamilton could come to life and communicate to us their thoughts on what this country has become.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long ago, the schools taught a lot about the history of the colonization of North America, the Revolutionary War and the founding of the USA. I was interested and paid attention! Ferling's book tells stories of the personalities and politics going on behind the scenes that I did not know. The in-depth look at intrigue and subterfuge resulting from desires for power and control, plus the desires to "fundamentally change" the structure of the new union of states seems strangely similar to the politics of today. A long book, but a worthwhile and engrossing read!