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A Magnificent Catastrophe The 1800 presidential election shattered the unity of the American revolutionary spirit, transforming patriots into bitter partisans. Edward J. Larson's...A Magnificent CatastropheHistory, Nonfiction The 1800 presidential election shattered the unity of the American revolutionary spirit, transforming patriots into bitter partisans. Edward J. Larson's...2007-09-28Free Press
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A Magnificent Catastrophe

Genre: History, Nonfiction; Author: Edward J. Larson; Publisher: Free Press

The 1800 presidential election shattered the unity of the American revolutionary spirit, transforming patriots into bitter partisans. Edward J. Larson’s A Magnificent Catastrophe captures the Founders not on Olympus, but in the Rovian political mud, as incumbent Federalist prez John Adams and Republican Thomas Jefferson exchanged Swiftboat-like accusations of godlessness and tyranny. Self-promoting Republican Aaron Burr upended the system when he tied Jefferson for victory — tempting Federalists like Alexander Hamilton to nearly strangle the American Experiment in its cradle. So much for the good ol’ days. A-