By Bruce Chadwick. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1136-2. Copyright 2009. Hardcover with 324 pages including notes, bibliography, and index, plus 10 pages of black and white photographs.
Noted historian Bruce Chadwick presents the dramatic story of the uniting of a nation and the role of the unlikely alliance of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.
When the smoke cleared from Revolutionary War battlefields, independent-minded Americans turned against each other. A thousand men refused to pay taxes and seized an arsenal in Massachusetts. Faced with a sagging economy, a weak central government, and citizens still reeling from British rule, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay joined forces to convince wary Americans and thirteen headstrong states to unite as one. Together they wrote the startlingly original Federalist Papers not as an exercise in governmental philosophy, but instead aimed at overcoming the common man’s fears. Their relentless efforts laid the groundwork for ratifying the Constitution against rampant opposition.