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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Allgor Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the roar of the Revolution had finally died down, a new generation of American politicians was summoned to the Potomac to assemble the nation's newly minted capital. Into that unsteady atmosphere, which would soon enough erupt into another conflict with Britain in 1812, Dolley Madison arrived, alongside her husband, James. Within a few years, she had mastered both the social and political intricacies of the city, and by her death in 1849 was the most celebrated person in Washington. And yet, to most Americans, she's best known for saving a portrait from the burning White House, or as the namesake for a line of ice cream.

Why did her contemporaries give so much adulation to a lady so little known today? In A Perfect Union, Catherine Allgor reveals that while Dolley's gender prevented her from openly playing politics, those very constraints of womanhood allowed her to construct an American democratic ruling style, and to achieve her husband's political goals. And the way that she did so, by emphasizing cooperation over coercion, building bridges instead of bunkers, has left us with not only an important story about our past but a model for a modern form of politics.

Introducing a major new American historian, A Perfect Union is both an illuminating portrait of an unsung founder of our democracy, and a vivid account of a little-explored time in our history.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joan | 2/10/2014

    " As I gather from reading this, Dolley was one of the first American woman celebrities and I think she really deserved it. It sounds to me like she orchestrated a lot of big name political events and changed the atmosphere in Washington forever. I think she suffered a little bit psychologically from putting on the airs of pleasing everyone all the time too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MJ | 2/8/2014

    " Almost more of a "life and times" biography than anything else, this book is a great glimpse into early 19th century American politics and society. Dolley Madison leaps from the page, and this book whetted my appetite for even more discussion. You'll find yourself wanting to know not just more about James Madison and his relationship with his wife, Thomas Jefferson, and other key figures, but about the women in Dolley's life - Margaret Bayard Smith and others. This is the kind of history book that oughta be displayed front-and-center at your local megabookstore, but is probably hidden in the history/biography section in the back. Worth the search, or a quick trip to Amazon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nel | 2/4/2014

    " Our 10th anniversary as a book club and a pretty good book to celebrate with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda Cordial | 1/31/2014

    " No a favorite. Kind of a sterile writing style I think. Reading an encyclopedia would have more appeal. "

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