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From noted historian Bruce Chadwick acclaimed as a writer incapable of dull storytelling Triumvirate is the dramatic story of the uniting of a nation and the unlikely alliance at the heart of it all When the smoke cleared from Revolutionary War battlefields, independent minded Americans turned against each other Strong individuals with wildly different personalities, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay joined forces to convince wary Americans and thirteen headstrong states to unite as one Together they wrote the startlingly original Federalist Papers not as an exercise in governmental philosophy, but instead aimed at overcoming the common man s fears Their relentless efforts laid the groundwork for ratifying the Constitution against rampant opposition United by an intense love for their emerging nation, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay forged its legacy in pen and ink Dr Chadwick tells an exciting story His analysis will provoke further debate about this momentous period in American history Dr Paul Clemens, the Chairman of the Rutgers University Department of History PRAISE FOR TRIUMVIRATE The author effectively details the fi erce debates in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New York and the serpentine political machinations that helped bring about the birth of a nation Not just a history lesson, but an examination of the fundamental ideas that gave birth to the United States Kirkus Reviews Chadwick tells an exciting story His analysis will provoke further debate about this momentous period in American history Dr Paul Clemens, Rutgers University If you think you know how America s founding document came about, think again In this remarkable new book, Bruce Chadwick reminds us of the three extraordinary men who worked state by state, individual by individual, to ensure passage of the Constitution It s a fascinating tale, well told Terry Golway, author of Washington s General and Ronald Reagan s America PRAISE FOR BRUCE CHADWICK A writer incapable of dull storytelling Kirkus Reviews Chadwick vividly brings to life a time of turmoil and hope in a book that should endure as a fi ne example of historical journalism Willard Sterne Randall, author of George Washington A Life...

Title : Triumvirate: The Story of the Unlikely Alliance That Saved the Constitution and United the Nation
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ISBN : 1402211368
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Sourcebooks Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition May 1, 2009
Number of Pages : 352 pages
File Size : 672 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Triumvirate: The Story of the Unlikely Alliance That Saved the Constitution and United the Nation Reviews

  • C. Hutton
    2019-03-31 06:05

    Finally a history of the political dogfight over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Most books focus on the creation of the Constitution in 1787 and treat the dramatic ratification fight, state by state, as an afterthought. Catherine Drinker Bowen's classic "Miracle at Philadelphia" (1966) is a good example. Mr. Chatwick ignores the creation and goes straight to the ratification brawl between states's rights candidates and those favoring a strong central government (including the triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison). The history shows that ratification was not a sure thing due to the uncompromising nature of Madison and Hamilton. The climatic close vote in New York (30-27) was a reaction of many factors including the early departure of four negative voters. My only quibble with the book is that he focuses exclusively on the four large states (with passing comments on New Hampshire)-- it would have been nice to have covered all the states with a parargraph or two. Still, this is an excellent book on the begining of American politics.

  • crazy cat lady
    2019-04-24 04:51

    Great! If you love history read Bruce Chadwick

  • SKIP
    2019-03-27 03:49

    Well written; easy reading. It gives the history of the formation and ratification of the US Constitution. The Great Triumvirate, about Webster, Calhoun and Clay, is also an excellent book showing the history of the United States from 1812-1852.

  • C. Clevenger
    2019-03-31 02:43

    This reminded me of a middleschool textbook. I would not recommend this book to anyone over the age of twelve!

  • L. Raleigh
    2019-04-23 03:05

    The author tells the story of the frantic effort made by the writers of the Federalist Papers to get the US Constitution ratified by the states. Coming from a respected historian, it was disappointing to find two factual errors on the first five pages of the book with one error repeated later in the book. In the Articles of Confederation, only nine of the thirteen states were required to pass a law. All thirteen were required to amend the Articles. This is one of the reasons why a new constitution needed to be drawn up. The slave trade was forbidden as of 1808 not by 1807 as stated in the book. There were a few instances of repetitions of descriptions of people and comments made by individuals which should have been eliminated with better editing. I was not convinced that Washington wanted to remain above politics since Chadwick mentioned that he wrote many letters to persuade influential people to support the Constitution and at one point all the conversation at Mount Vernon was in support of it. He was not known as a great speaker, so that's how he used his political influence. Other than that, the book was informative and interesting.

  • Robert A. Lynn
    2019-04-16 04:50


  • Plumb
    2019-03-29 08:13

    I have to agree that the book is much too simplistic and cursory for anyone who has read much American History. Several factual flaws are mentioned by other reviewers, so I won't reiterate them. However, the premise of the book purports to cover this unlikely alliance of three trying to get the Constitution ratified. It winds up reading as Madison wrote and got the Constitution ratified with a little help from John Jay and despite Hamilton's windy and obnoxious input. Chadwick has enormous bias towards Madison and against Hamilton, denigrating the latter's speeches and contributions over and over. Only at the end does he give some grudging praise to Hamilton in his Aftermath. Quite unlike any other history of this important period that I've read.