Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling Download (read online) free eBook

Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

It was a contest of titans: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two heroes of the Revolutionary era, once intimate friends, now icy antagonists locked in a fierce battle for the future of the United States. The election of 1800 was a thunderous clash of a campaign that climaxed in a deadlock in the Electoral College and led to a crisis in which the young republic teetered on

Anyone who is under the illusion that the Founding Fathers were awesomely awesome and perfect and that the Constitution they created is perfect “as-is” and divinely inspired (you know the crowd I’m talking about) would benefit from reading a few books on this period of history. Adams vs. Jefferson is a great addition to this reading list, and shows how messed up the system was, and how at odds the Founding Fathers were with each other and their visions for the new country.

Ferling’s seeming bia

Ferling’s seeming bias against Alexander Hamilton with the regular scathing adjectives put me off somewhat, mainly because Hamilton was a sexy bitch who totally deserves to display that hot visage of his on our $10 bills. I mean, he must have been total catnip to the ladies…

…when he wasn’t trying to create a strong central government and the Federal Reserve. You know, those concepts that drive a certain party absolutely nutty nowadays.

For the 2 main protagonists, I thought Ferling was very even-handed, displaying both their faults and outstanding attributes admirably well. Neither came off as the bad guy or the white knight saving the country, and Ferling did help exonerate Adams somewhat from the big blot of his Presidency, the Alien and Sedition Acts. The final chapter, covering the finalization of the election results, when Aaron Burr could very well have been our 3rd president, was an illuminating display of how the politics in this country have been f*cked up from the get-go, and always tainted with corruption, unwritten agreements, and favors. It’s just politics. And our deified Founding Fathers were politicians.

I really enjoyed this book (listened as an audiobook) and will continue to explore the lives of the characters who make up the earliest years of my country’s history, if they’re all portrayed as engagingly as in this book.

Emily Ross

Jan 07, 2017

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Very easy book to read, very informative and a lot more understandable than other historical books concerning the same topic. Ferling is a good writer, and an easy-ish read in general, but his bias towards Adams can be felt in the reading.