From the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of Seward and Stanton, here is the critically acclaimed and definitive biography of John Jay: a major Founding Father, a true national hero, and a leading architect of America's future.
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.
Walter Stahr, a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, practiced law for twenty-five years, including seven years in Hong Kong. He is the author of Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary and the New York Times Bestseller Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man. Mr. Stahr is married to Dr. Masami M. Stahr; they have two children and live in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Newport Beach, California.
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More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
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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