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Robert sean Wilentz was born in 1951 in New York City. He earned his first B.A. from Colunbia University in 1972 and his second from Oxford University in 1974 on a Kellett Fellowship. He continued his education at Yale University where he earned his M.A. degree in 1975 and his PhD. in 1980. His mostrar mais writings are focused on the importance of class and race in the early national period. He has also co-authored books on nineteenth-century religion and working class life. His book The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. He has also written about modern U.S. history in his book, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008. He has been the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University since 1979. Robert Wilentz is also a contributing editor at The New Republic. He writes on music, the arts, history and politics. He received a Grammy nomination and a 2005 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary on the musician Bob Dylan. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Sean Wilentz

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (2005) 919 exemplares, 7 críticas
Bob Dylan In America (2010) 348 exemplares, 12 críticas
The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 (2008) 324 exemplares, 3 críticas
Andrew Jackson (2005) 209 exemplares, 7 críticas
The Best American History Essays on Lincoln (2008) — Editor — 55 exemplares
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes (2018) 18 exemplares

Associated Works

The New American History (1990) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares, 1 crítica
Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (2008) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares, 3 críticas
Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990) — Contribuidor, algumas edições105 exemplares
The Best American Political Writing 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Live at the Gaslight 1962 (2005) — Liner Notes — 13 exemplares


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Andrew Jackson was quite a character for a man on his time. Rank definitely for the common man in opposing the monied people and the aristocractic attitudes of those with wealth and breaking up of the Second Bank that thought they are above the government. They could use someone of that calibur today in fighting for the common people and breaking up monopolies and big businesses and those with wealth who are walking over the lowly born and treating them as slaves in their enterprise.
MadMattReader | 6 outras críticas | Sep 11, 2022 |
A short biography concentrating on Jackson's presidency but also giving good coverage of the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans. The author is fair and even handed on Jackson's accomplishments and flaws. The American Presidents Series is a fine collection of these short biographies.
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SPQR2755 | 6 outras críticas | Nov 3, 2021 |
This book is long and detailed, a bit of a slog at the beginning, but I stuck with it, and felt rewarded for it. In some ways the book is old-fashioned history in its broad narrative sweep and its resuscitation of the hero-approach, as the subtitle implies. Along with role played by Jefferson and Lincoln, but not quite on their level because of his own personal flaws and the irreconcilable contradictions in his political movement, is the treatment devoted to Jackson. But the real hero of the book is democracy itself, in Wilentz's recounting something never fully achieved and constantly under threat from elitist impulses, or simply from the desire to distort the system for the benefit of a few.
The broad disparity of ratings in the reviews posted so far is a fair reflection of the fact that this book is not for everyone. If you are looking for a first orientation on US political history in the first half of the nineteenth century, you would be better served by a shorter treatment. In my case, I was basically up to speed on the broad outlines of the period, but was hazy on the details of the various sectional crises, and never understood the fuss Jackson made over a national bank. I was fascinated by the author's attention to state and local political developments. They were not only affected by national trends but also shaped them in turn.
My three-star rating is not a reflection on the quality of the book; those with an interest in the subject will find it excellent.
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HenrySt123 | 6 outras críticas | Jul 19, 2021 |
I expected this book to focus specifically on President Reagan and the modern conservative movement, however it's broader than that. Wilentz examines the impacts and legacy of the Presidents from Nixon through G.W. Bush. The author has attempted an element of fairness, praising the good and condemning the bad in each of the past administrations. Of course, since this is a political topic, people with strong party feelings from either side of the aisle will find fault with the authors criticism of their favorite president or party. Political books bring out strong emotions in people, the only book judged to be 'fair' would probably only be a book you write yourself. That said, I thought the author provided a decent summary of our recent political history.… (mais)
rsutto22 | 2 outras críticas | Jul 15, 2021 |



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