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on February 18, 2015
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The title of this book implies that it explains the birth of modern politics, as in the birth of political parties. But what this book covers is not that, but rather a bio of Jackson and Adams and the 1824 campaign. It says very little about Martin Van Buren and what he did to create the Democratic party. I found the book too verbose with lots of details about things I didn't care about.
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on June 27, 2014
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This is such a great book with a lot of great information about the election of 1828. I am a history nut and I love this book.
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on June 23, 2014
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terrific understanding of period and people. Great insight on Adams and. Jackson. I really appreciated his insight on the development of. political parties at this time in american. history . loved his coverage of the 1828 presidential election. very readable
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on March 10, 2014
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solid book...Interesting to read about this time and how this election became the forerunner to what we have now.

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on December 9, 2013
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For those student's of today's political infighting, this book helps those to understand the discontent of today's parties. An incredibly well written book.
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on April 26, 2013
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Well written and enjoyable. It's an easy read, provides a worthwhile review of the subject and appears to be reasonably well researched.
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on December 31, 2012
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An excellent detailing of the story of the election, particularly the background and baggage that both men brought to the campaign. As you read this you'll see that what we're dealing with now in terms of the mud slinging and party lines isn't anything new, it's just on a larger scale. There's a quote from John Adams in the beginning pages that is pretty much prophesying the problems that the two party system causes. The author does an excellent job of painting clear portraits of Jackson and Adams, as well as bringing the story to life. A must read if you enjoy presidential bios or politics!
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on December 19, 2012
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Not only is the author a knowledgeable historian, he is also a skilled writer. For a subject that could produce a 1,000 page tome, the author provides a near-perfect level of historical background covering both the protagonists and the struggles and issues faced by the fledgling USA. He pays due respect to the different interpretations of the 1828 election's significance and discusses whether events more so than personalities shaped the advent of modern campaigning. Indeed, if there was one person who drove the creation of the modern political party and campaign, it was Martin Van Buren, the Mark Hanna and Karl Rove of his time.
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on September 24, 2012
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This is a great book about the formation of modern political parties that have dominated the election cycle henceforward. The contrast of the two men and their contest for the presidency makes for a stimulating read for anyone who is interested in political/biographical history. Definitely worth your time!
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on June 25, 2012
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Modern Politics is well researched and written. I am interested in American history from this period, and Jackson as the preimenient figjre of the period usually makes for a good read. The author draws interesting parallels to the current political situation in this country. A good read,
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