United States History 1600-1800
Hardcover ISBN: 1400040310
A landmark biography of America's first president draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to follow George Washington from his military career through his presidential years, discussing his personal life, marriage, struggle to keep an emerging America united, attitude toward slavery, and other accomplishments. 500,000 first printing. First serial, American Heritage.
A Leap in the Dark
The Struggle to Create the American Republic
Hardcover ISBN: 0195159241
The author revisits a truly revolutionary period in American history, chronicling the battles over allegiance, philosophy, leadership, and ideas that swirled in the foment that gave birth to the American republic. (History)
Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson
A Study in Character
Paperback ISBN: 0195140559
This book restores Aaron Burr to his place as a central figure in the founding of the American Republic. Abolitionist, proto-feminist, friend to such Indian leaders as Joseph Brant, Burr was personally acquainted with a wider range of Americans, and of the American continent, than any other Founder except George Washington. He contested for power with Hamilton and then with Jefferson on a continental scale. The book does not sentimentalize any of its three protagonists, neither does it derogate their extraordinary qualities. They were all great men, all flawed, and all three failed to achieve their full aspirations. But their struggles make for an epic tale. Written from the perspective of a historian and administrator who, over nearly fifty years in public life, has served six presidents, this book penetrates into the personal qualities of its three central figures. In telling the tale of their shifting power relationships and their antipathies, it reassesses their policies and the consequences of their successes and failures. Fresh information about the careers of Hamilton and Burr is derived from newly-discovered sources, and a supporting cast of secondary figures emerges to give depth and irony to the principal narrative. This is a book for people who know how political life is lived, and who refuse to be confined within preconceptions and prejudices until they have weighed all the evidence, to reach their own conclusions both as to events and character. This is a controversial book, but not a confrontational one, for it is written with sympathy for men of high aspirations, who were disappointed in much, but who succeeded, in all three cases, to a degree not hitherto fully understood.
Inventing A Nation
Washington, Adams, Jefferson
Paperback ISBN: 0300105924
One of the master stylists of American literature, Gore Vidal now provides us with his uniquely irreverent take on America's founding fathers, bringing them to life at key moments of decision in the birthing of the nation.
Jefferson, Adams, and the First Contested Election
Paperback ISBN: 0380806517
A look at the presidential election of 1800, which pitted Revolutionary War heroes, Founding Fathers, and friends Thomas Jefferson and John Adams against each other, discusses one of the most underhanded elections ever. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Future of America
Paperback ISBN: 0465017371
Describes the events that led up to the fatal duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, offers profiles of each man, and recounts Jefferson's attempts to ruin Burr after Hamilton's death. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.