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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (664 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ferling Narrator: Jack Garrett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781449813185
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This fascinating picture of early American politics shows that "politicians then, as now, were driven by personal ambition." Follow the fast-paced narrative of the dramatic election of 1800, in which two Founding Fathers <#150> and their parties <#150> Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ferling is especially adept at revealing the bare-knuckled partisanship that lay behind this vote, and the maneuvering between Burr and Federalists in the House of Representatives that might have made Burr president rather than Jefferson.”

    Washington Post

  • “The tale of Adams and Jefferson is a painful and moving one. They were friends, then enemies, then friends again over a period of more than fifty  years. Ferling does a good job of summing up the similarities that made their friendship possible as well as the differences destined to drive them apart.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Ferling’s straightforward narrative makes complicated history accessible to the average reader. He writes with authority, and his storyteller’s touch makes many of these figures come alive.”

    Wilmington News-Journal

  • “Veteran historian Ferling’s account of one of America’s most extraordinary political dramas lays bare the historically pugilist nature of American presidential politics…Ferling’s ultimate triumph is showing that, historically, when faced with dire circumstances at home and abroad, American democracy has pulled through.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 2/17/2014

    " Very good book. The author did a good job caturing the punch and counter punch campaigning style of Adams and Jefferson. If you think politics are dirty today, then give this book a chance! You will quickly see that it is nothing new. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/27/2014

    " Good information, but fairly heavy on election analysis, especially on the election of 1800. I realize the importance of analysis of election results, but it could have been done in a more succinct way. Good otherwise, and a good view into the personal relationship between Adams and Jefferson, and the personality of each. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 1/6/2014

    " The election of 1800 was the first ever Presidential election, and it paved the way for all future elections with dirty tricks and tactics. However, unlike many other Presidential elections, the two men running for office this time were both great man did great things together and eventually rekindled their friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Rider | 12/27/2013

    " I listened to this as an audiobook, and I'm glad I did. The subject matter was fascinating. But I found the choice of words rather contrived and distracting - like text written for an SAT prep class, focusing on vocabulary building. There were frequent uses of "furthermore..." (at which point I could almost hear the audio book reader take a deep breath and sigh). Some examples of this vocabulary verbosity that I wrote down as soon as I pulled into the garage: "conditions in Europe were not propitious for the dispatch of envoys"..."He urged friendly scribes to write polemics on his behalf"... "He lived comfortably, secure from the fangs of a blood-thirsty foe." Really, isn't there a less pedantic way to write? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hans | 11/19/2013

    " Interesting book about two political giants who struggled with each other, being friends at times and enemies at other times and then both dying on July 4th. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Koivu | 11/1/2013

    " Ferling brings these two back to life. If they could just be combined they would be Superman incarnate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 10/16/2013

    " This was the first history book I read for fun, when I was a sophomore in college. I liked it a lot, although I admit it is probably something only history buffs would really be interested in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 9/6/2013

    " The struggle to contain the power of the Presidency is not new. The election of 1800 has great lessons for the present time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 6/11/2013

    " only about 1/4 of the book actually dealt with the election. everything else was background on the candidates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 3/23/2013

    " For anyone who thinks the sharp divide in our country over states' rights vs federal rights is at its highest pitch, read this. Two of our founding fathers went at each other in a way that would make the Tea Party blanche. Great read for anyone interested in American history and/or politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan Garner | 10/23/2012

    " This was not as much a discussion of this particular election as much as it was an exultation of Thomas Jefferson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 8/17/2012

    " Amazing book. It does a wonderful job explaining one of the most pivotal elections in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 7/4/2012

    " Very interesting history. The author really brings the times alive and gives the reader a complete understanding of the times. It is not a story about that time...it is history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Grimes | 3/10/2012

    " They didn't teach this story to me in History class. Great read for anyone interested in American history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Gunn | 2/25/2012

    " I learned a lot from this read. I always believed that politics got ugly recently. I was wrong! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Strong | 2/11/2012

    " An interesting comparison. amazing we survived the first three presidencies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 12/31/2011

    " I liked this audio book, but at times the history lesson would stall and Mr. Ferling would linger on a particular sub-plot/topic. A good in-depth piece of work, but the pace was slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 12/17/2011

    " Straightforward account of the politics of the early republic - the end of Washington's Administration and the subsequent partisan clashes between Adams' Federalists and Jefferson's Republicans. Well written and concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/24/2011

    " The most important election in our history. Great historical read for any history fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/10/2011

    " An interesting comparison. amazing we survived the first three presidencies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/29/2011

    " They didn't teach this story to me in History class. Great read for anyone interested in American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 7/9/2010

    " For anyone who thinks the sharp divide in our country over states' rights vs federal rights is at its highest pitch, read this. Two of our founding fathers went at each other in a way that would make the Tea Party blanche. Great read for anyone interested in American history and/or politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pinar | 3/17/2010

    " Great book. An exellent look at the Adams- Jefferson relationship and the differences between them. Reminds you of how different things were back then when it had basically been a sin to campaign for yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 10/3/2009

    " Straightforward account of the politics of the early republic - the end of Washington's Administration and the subsequent partisan clashes between Adams' Federalists and Jefferson's Republicans. Well written and concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/19/2009

    " Very interesting history. The author really brings the times alive and gives the reader a complete understanding of the times. It is not a story about that time...it is history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 2/25/2009

    " The most important election in our history. Great historical read for any history fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/24/2009

    " only about 1/4 of the book actually dealt with the election. everything else was background on the candidates. "

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About the Author
Author John Ferling

John Ferling is professor emeritus of history at the State University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he has appeared in many documentaries and has written numerous books, including The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon, Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic.

About the Narrator

Jack Garrett’s voice is immediately recognizable from his work in commercials and as a personality on radio stations in the west and southwest. In addition to guest appearances on television, he has performed in dozens of theater productions on regional and New York stages, including Guys and Dolls, Hallelujah Breakdown, Prelude to a Kiss, Cast a Spell, and Bongo Fever.