5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very Informative and a good read,
This review is from: History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson (Library of America Series) (Hardcover)
The two volumes by Henry Adams on Jefferson and Madison give great insight into the formative years of the United States and of politics in general. Adams writing style is a real breath of fresh air for a history of this magnitude. He clearly sets out to make sure you understand what is going on despite the huge number of events and different people. This is no easy task when you are reading this massive work. He has a very modern style unlike some other authors of the period.
Some parts of the text are very amusing like Jefferson's self inflicted wound during the Merry affair. Jefferson's faults and the stupidity of many of the elected leaders are laid bare at times leaving your mouth agape. Too bad Adams never did a similar project on the Washington and Adams administrations.
If only our political leaders could be made to read these volumes. They could learn something.
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