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Interesting, but can be tedious
on June 25, 2017
I bought this book when it first came out and am just now completing it. While it is very interesting in letting the reader know what the newspaper wars were like during 1798-1800, it eventually becomes very tedious. (Imagine reading a day-by-day compilation of the pro and anti-Trump comments on the Internet today and you have some idea of how this book reads.)
I also found myself wishing for more context. In assuming the "voice" of William Duane, Rosenfeld limits himself and is not able to give a more complete view of what was no doubt a more complex political landscape than the us-vs-them that he presents. For that, you will need to go to other sources. (A good resource is "Adams vs Jefferson" written by John Ferling, written in 2004. It covers much the same time period and paints a broader picture. For example, it has a longer discussion of the unseen maneuverings that ended up resolving the 1800 election, something that Rosenfeld barely covers.)
So, overall, an interesting book with some fascinating parallels to present day. But be ready for a bit of a slog to get through, and have other resources to provide the needed broader perspectives.