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Almost All Background
on April 20, 2012
This is a well written and interesting book. Why only three stars? It had very little to do with the election of 1828, which the author posits as the birth of modern politics. All but the last chapter was about the backgrounds of Adams and Jackson leading up to the election. The title would lead one to think that there would be details about the election that gave birth to the new age. Instead, after good and detailed bios of the two candidates, it glossed over with a broad brush how Jackson's campaigned introduced and began to perfect methods of campaigning used today.
If you want bios of JQ Adams and Jackson, this is the place. If you want to know about the election of 1828, go elsewhere, you'll only get a chapter about it here - and not a long one. It is a shame. The author knows her stuff; it's just that the emphasis was different than the billing. The history is very good. The political science is lacking.