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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: Abridged 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen | 2/16/2014

    " I had such a greater respect for all the women of the Revolutionary time period after finishing this book. These brave, intelligent, and faithful women are under-appreciated, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dayla | 2/15/2014

    " This book is not to be missed just for the description of what Dolley Madison was doing when the British were on their way to burn down the White House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave Larson | 2/11/2014

    " Good history about Jefferson and Madison and the War of 1812, and I learned perhaps a bit TOO much about Dolley. It dragged at times... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " I guess it is good if you like history but I just didn't like the way it was written. I feel like the whole book was more about setting the scene for her life and it seemed like some of the stories that could have been written more interestingly were brushed over. I tried but I couldn't finish it. "

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