Book review: 'A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign'
Title: "A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign"
Author: Edward J. Larson
Publisher: Free Press
In a Nutshell: No wonder Thomas Jefferson called the election of 1800 "America's second revolution." It was characterized by chaos, confrontation, back-stabbing, scheming and vilification and yet the two candidates, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, remain icons to Americans today.
It was the first time presidential candidates clearly represented two political parties and the volatility was palpable. It was also complicated because electors from each state chose the president without a popular vote and because either of the candidates for vice president, Charles Pinckney or Aaron Burr, could have been elected president.
The author has done a magnificent job in portraying this amazing episode in American history for the reader
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