U.s. History - Constitutional
The Real Life and the Many Legends of Davy Crockett
Hardcover ISBN: 0688096565
Debunks commonly held myths about Crockett, depicting him as an impoverished farmer who depended on his wife's money and skill and a rustic member of the House of Representatives who incurred the wrath of President Jackson. 30,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
The Grand Idea
George Washington's Potomac and the Race to the West
Hardcover ISBN: 0684848570
Chronicles retired general George Washington's adventurous 680-mile trek down the Potomac River, a journey during which he endeavored to prevent disunion, collected key frontier and real-estate data, tangled with squatters and the natural elements, and inspired engineering achievements. 40,000 first printing.
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of James Madison
Hardcover ISBN: 0940450356
This monumental work, the second of two Library of America volumes, culminated Henry Adams’s lifelong fascination with the American past. Writing at the height of his powers, Adams understood the true subject as the consolidation of the American nation and character, and his treatment has never been surpassed. Covering the eight years spanning the presidency of James Madison, this volume chronicles “Mr. Madison’s War”—the most bungled war in American history. The President and Congress delay while the United States is bullied and insulted by both England and France; then they plunge the country into the War of 1812 without providing the troops, monies, or fleets to wage it. The incompetence of the commanders leads to a series of disasters—including the burning of the White House and Capitol while Madison and his cabinet, fleeing from an invading army, watch from the nearby hills of Maryland and Virginia. The war has its heroes, too: William Henry Harrison at Tippecanoe and Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, Commodores Perry and Decatur and the officers and crew of the Constitution. As Adams tells it, though, disgrace, is averted by other means: the ineptitude of the British, the skill of the American artillerymen and privateers, and the diplomatic brilliance of Albert Gallatin and John Quincy Adams, who negotiated the peace treaty at Ghent. The history, full of reversals and paradoxes, ends with the largest irony of all: the United States, the apparent loser of the war, emerges as a great new world power destined to eclipse its European rivals.
The Adams-Jefferson Letters
The Complete Correspondence
Paperback ISBN: 0807842303
An intellectual dialogue of the highest plane achieved in America, the correspondence between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson spanned half a century and embraced government, philosophy, religion, quotidiana, and family griefs and joys. First meeting as delegates to the Continental Congress in 1775, they initiated correspondence in 1777, negotiated jointly as ministers in Europe in the 1780s, and served the early Republic?each, ultimately, in its highest office. At Jefferson's defeat of Adams for the presidency in 1800, they became estranged, and the correspondence lapses from 1801 to 1812, then is renewed until the death of both in 1826, fifty years to the day after the Declaration of Independence. Lester J. Cappon's edition, first published in 1959 in two volumes, provides the complete correspondence between these two men and includes the correspondence between Abigail Adams and Jefferson. Many of these letters have been published in no other modern edition, nor does any other edition devote itself exclusively to the exchange between Jefferson and the Adamses. Introduction, headnotes, and footnotes inform the reader without interrupting the speakers. This reissue of The Adams-Jefferson Letters in a one-volume unabridged edition brings to a broader audience one of the monuments of American scholarship and, to quote C. Vann Woodward, 'a major treasure of national literature.'
The Age of Jackson
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History
Paperback ISBN: 0316773433
Presents ideologies, controversies, and personalities of the early 1800's instructive to the American as democracy of today
Paperback ISBN: 0060954663
An illuminating account of one of the most ingenious and complex founders of our nation traces his life, from his birth on the Caribbean island of Nevis in 1755 to his untimely demise in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, in 1804, highlighting his many significant contributions that have had a profound impact on our world today. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.