Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America

Wiley, 05.02.2008 - 270 Seiten
"It was 1790, and Thomas Jefferson and one of his dinner guests, James Madison, were determined to work out a political compromise critical to the nation's future with their third dinner companion (and political opponent), Alexander Hamilton. This gathering around Jefferson's celebrated table involved nothing less than the creation of the young nation's finances, foreign relations and the eventual location of its capital. The dinner's results? An agreement that, Congress willing, the new government would assume the states' war debts, issue bonds to fund the national debt and make the Potomac's banks the capital's permanent site. Congress agreed. Cerami (Jefferson's Great Gamble) presents a fast-paced narrative of an event well-known but never told so brightly, nor at such unnecessary length. While Cerami puts the dinner-table agreement at his story's center, it was but one of a number of seismic events, acts and decisions of the 1790s. Cerami slights many of those when he's not giving us too much detail about other minor ones, such as Jefferson's cooking recipes and a short disquisition (and a long document) on Hamilton's role in the Coast Guard's founding."--Publishers Weekly.

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Nutzerbericht  - Carmenere - LibraryThing

I read it because.........The title intrigued me. Having been to Monticello, I expected wine for the dinner to be moved up from Jefferson's elaborate wine cellar on pulley's he devised, of his guests ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Pool_Boy - LibraryThing

This was a pretty good read. More about the politics of the day and the relationships between Jefferson, Hamilton and Madison, with a good measure of Washington thrown in, too. The dinner, the lead up ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Charles A. Cerami is the author of several popular histories, including the New York Times extended bestseller Jefferson's Great Gamble, Young Patriots, Benjamin Banneker, and ten other books. He was formerly the foreign affairs editor at the Kiplinger Washington Editors, where he oversaw international subjects for the company's half-dozen weekly publications as well as for Changing Times. His articles have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times, and Foreign Policy.

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