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John C. Calhoun: American Portrait
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This is a masterful, monumental Pulitzer-winning biography of a major figure in American history. That it is ranked below much weaker - if not unmentionable - efforts is shameful.
Coit has a sound grasp on American history, making this biography very much a "life and times." Unlike many other biographers, who misunderstand or misrepresent Calhoun's challenging political philosophy, Coit places it in its historical context and presents it fairly. As an added bonus, by illuminating Calhoun's warm private life, Coit does much to dispel the image of the "cast iron man."
For more on Calhoun's political philosophy, see Lee Cheek's "Calhoun and Popular Rule."
For more on Calhoun's life and times, see Merrill Peterson's "The Great Triumvirate."
For a sampling of Calhoun's writings and speeches, see Clyde Wilson's "Essential Calhoun."
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Mr. Calhoun, a slave holder, was such a stone-cold racist that he suggested to John Adams (a great statesmen) that because of the Missouri Compromise (adding new states to the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Lewis II
Well written insight into a. Seminal American political thinker. I thoroughly. Enjoyed this book and recommend it without reservation. EnoughPublished on May 19, 2014 by John Fennelly