The Patriots - by Winston Groom

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Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.2 Inches (W) x 1.6 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.32 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 416
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Format: Hardcover
Author: Winston Groom
Language: English
Street Date: November 3, 2020
TCIN: 81590884
UPC: 9781426221491
Item Number (DPCI): 247-13-7826
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


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"When the Revolutionary War ended in victory, there remained the stupendous problem of how to establish a workable democratic government in the vast, newly independent country. Three key Founding Fathers played significant roles: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton. Their lives and policies could not have been more different; their relationships with each other were complex and often rife with animosity. And yet these three men led the charge-two of them creating and signing the Declaration of Independence, and the third establishing a national treasury and the earliest delineation of a Republican party. They managed to shoulder the heavy mantle of creating the United States of America, putting aside their differences to make a great country, once and always. Drawing on extensive correspondence, epic tales of war, and rich histories of their day-to-day interactions, Winston Groom shares the remarkable story of the beginnings of our great nation."--

Book Synopsis

In this masterful narrative, Winston Groom brings his signature storytelling panache to the tale of our nation's most fascinating founding fathers--Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams--painting a vivid picture of the improbable events, bold ideas, and extraordinary characters who created the United States of America.

When the Revolutionary War ended in victory, there remained a stupendous problem: establishing a workable democratic government in the vast, newly independent country. Three key founding fathers played significant roles: John Adams, the brilliant, dour New Englander; Thomas Jefferson, the aristocratic Southern renaissance man; and Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean island of Nevis. In this riveting narrative, best-selling author Winston Groom illuminates these men as the patriots fundamentally responsible for the ideas that shaped the emerging United States. Their lives could not have been more different, and their relationships with each other were often rife with animosity. And yet they led the charge--two of them creating and signing the Declaration of Independence, and the third establishing a national treasury and the earliest delineation of a Republican party. The time in which they lived was fraught with danger, and their achievements were strained by vast antagonisms that recall the intense political polarization of today. But through it all, they managed to shoulder the heavy mantle of creating the United States of America, putting aside their differences to make a great country. Drawing on extensive correspondence, Groom shares the remarkable story of the beginnings of our great nation.

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Historian and novelist Groom (The Allies) delivers an entertaining group portrait of founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams and their disputes over how to balance federal and state power in the American system of government. Groom's colorful and evenhanded presentation highlights Adams's irritability and intelligence, Hamilton's idealistic streak and tendency toward pomposity, and Jefferson's habit of envisioning himself as a man of the people, despite his erudition and taste for "elegant objects." Though Groom documents their widely divergent backgrounds (Hamilton was a Caribbean immigrant born out of wedlock; Jefferson was an aristocratic Southerner; Adams was descended from the Puritans) and fierce disagreements (Hamilton's pamphlet attacking John Adams may have contributed to Jefferson taking the presidency from Adams in 1801), he pays particular attention to their fierce commitment to the good of the nation. Though readers well-versed in American history won't learn a great deal new, Groom spins his familiar tale with aplomb. This solid history reveals that the art of compromise is an essential ingredient in American democracy. (Nov.)--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

WINSTON GROOM was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Mobile, Alabama, on the Gulf Coast. After a brief period in the Army, Groom returned to Washington, where he worked as a reporter at the Washington Star, covering the political and court beat. He enjoyed a stint in New York City, befriending and socializing with literary legends before returning to Alabama, where he settled down to writing and enjoying life. He is the author of 18 previous books, including Forrest Gump and The Aviators.
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Connywithay - 2 years ago
“All three were driven by their own passions and particular genius, and when in the course of human events they saw a new fate opening for America they chanced their fortunes and futures on creating a more just and promising world,” Winston Groom writes in the epilogue of his book, The Patriots: Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the Making of America. ~ What ~ This four-hundred-and-sixteen-page paperback is for those who enjoy reading about America’s Adams, Hamilton, and Jefferson, and how they shaped and formed our country over two hundred years ago. After a prologue, nine chapters cover the United States’ founding fathers and include sixteen pages of colored photographs. The ending has an epilogue, acknowledgments, select sources, notes, index, and illustration credits. Beginning with the three men’s upbringings to their marriages and participation in the Revolutionary War, the first three chapters cover how Hamilton promoted personal honor, Adams craved esteem, and Jefferson focused on the truth. The next three sections are in the same order, dedicated to establishing the country through the men’s governmental roles at home or across the ocean, adding their goals, accomplishments, and pitfalls. The final three are in a different order and explain the men’s later years, deaths, and contributions. The closing is a summary of each one’s accolades and impact on the United States. ~ Why ~ Since it has been a while since I have read about America’s patriots, I found this read interesting in that history undeniably keeps repeating itself to our current day. I appreciated the arduous, tireless work these men dedicated to our country in orchestrating the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Federalist Papers, and Treaty of Paris, as well as their stance regarding slavery, being involved in three wars, and perfecting the new laws of the land. Engaging topics of their personal lives involved lost loves, secret affairs, adultery, deaths of loved ones, and the often hatred toward others. The book discusses the strong partisan disagreements, underlying clandestine schemes, prompting of protests, trying to stop riots and revolts, and dealing with sedition that are no different from today’s political environment. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not care about the history of the United States may have no interest in this compilation, but it does hone in on how important it was for those who started our county to successfully separate from England and deal properly with decisions that affected many. Others may not like the negativity and imperfections of these humans who constantly faced political, moral, and personal challenges, making mistakes that were sometimes brought to the attention of the nation. Some may find the author goes off on tangents frequently, but mainly as a backdrop to the men’s interactions and reasonings. ~ Wish ~ The layout of the book has lots of repetition and overlapping of people, places, and events, which makes it hard to read since it is not always in chronological order. I did not care for the format of jumping from one man to the next to the next and then back to the first one, only to have the order mixed up toward the end. ~ Want ~ If you have forgotten how America’s roots were firmly yet sometimes frantically planted with the help of these three important men in history, this is a good reminder of the state of man (especially in regard to politics) as it confirms that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Thanks to National Geographic, Litzky Public Relations, Inc., and Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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