The Quartet

The Quartet

Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
2
"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385353403
0385353405
9780804172486
080417248X
9780385353410
Branch Call Number: 342.7302 Ell
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm

Opinion


Featured Blogs and Events

Alexander Hamilton’s 264th Birthday

Alexander Hamilton was born January 11, 1757 (or 1755), to James Hamilton, a Scottish merchant, and Rachel Fawcett, in Charlestown, Nevis in the British West Indies. James later abandoned Rachel and when Rachel later contracted yellow fever and died in 1768, Hamilton and his older brother James Jr. were orphaned. Without his mother, Hamilton became a clerk at the local import-export firms… (more)

Hamilton’s Founding Fathers: History Has Its Eyes on You

In July 2008 Lin-Manuel Miranda took Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton on vacation (what a beach read!), and while reading, Miranda decided that the Founding Father's life story would make an excellent Broadway musical. After debuting the first song from the show at the White House and a sold-out run at the Public Theater in New York, Hamilton opened on Broadway on August 6, 2016. In the… (more)


From Library Staff

"No one really knows how the game is played, the art of the trade, how the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens but no one else is in the room where it happens."
- Aaron Burr, "The Room Where It Happens"


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
r
reader925
Jan 24, 2019

I read this several years ago and was so fascinated that I am requesting it to read again. There aren’t many books that I reread so this is quite a compliment. I thought I had read a lot about the Revolutionary and Founding Fathers time period, but I learned so much more through this book!

m
marsuegent
Jun 07, 2015

I can't figure out if I am on order for this book. In any event, I want it. Marsue Gent 2-2345-00051045-6 Thanks

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at STPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top