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The Problem of Democracy by Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

The Problem of Democracy

The Problem of Democracy by Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
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Apr 16, 2019 | 576 Pages
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“A top-notch dual biography…An unsettling yet well-presented argument that the failures of John and John Quincy Adams illustrate a disturbing feature of American politics.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“In this daring, lucid, and provocative book, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein challenge founding myths to reveal democracy as an incomplete, contested, and often distorted ideal.  By exploring the failed presidencies and probing ideas of John and John Quincy Adams, The Problem of Democracy exposes the deep roots of contemporary demagogues and their polarizing deceptions.”Alan Taylor, author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

“Who better knows the byways between the Revolution and the 1840s, who else could address the politics and the personalities of both John and John Quincy Adamses with such wisdom and verve?  Better than any previous Adams chroniclers, they have identified the essential theme that persisted through both men’s lives: one which concerns us now more than ever.” —David Waldstreicher, editor of The Diaries of John Quincy Adams, 1779-1848



Praise for White Trash:


A New York Times Notable and Critics’ Top Book
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
NPR’s Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book

“Formidable and truth-dealing…necessary.”The New York Times

“This eye-opening investigation into our country’s entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant.”O, The Oprah Magazine

“A gritty and sprawling assault on…American mythmaking.”—Washington Post

“An eloquent synthesis of the country’s history of class stratification.”—The Boston Globe 

“A bracing reminder of the persistent contempt for the white underclass.”—The Atlantic 

“[White Trash] sheds bright light on a long history of demagogic national politicking, beginning with Jackson. It makes Donald Trump seem far less unprecedented than today’s pundits proclaim.”—Slate

“Isenberg . . . has written an important call for Americans to treat class with the same care that they now treat race…Her work may well help that focus lead to progress.”—Time  

“With her strong academic background and accessible voice, Isenberg takes pains to reveal classism’s deep-seated roots.”Entertainment Weekly

“Carefully researched…deeply relevant.”—The Christian Science Monitor 


Praise for Madison and Jefferson:
 
“A monumental account of a fifty-year political partnership… a dual biography of uncommon merit… a superb book that greatly deepens our understanding.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“A distinguished work, combining deep research, a pleasing narrative and an abundance of fresh insights.” —Dallas Morning News

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