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The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War
by Michael F. Holt
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 May, 1999)
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Most Americans remember the Whigs as morally uptight New Englanders who provided us with some of our more mediocre presidents. In his exhaustively researched book The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party,Michael F. Holt partially rehabilitates the reputation of this once-thriving political party. Founded in 1833, following Andrew Jackson's decimation of the Second Bank of the United States, the Whigs were united in the belief that the federal government was obligated to sponsor the nation's internal development and to promote manufacturing and large-scale agricultural endeavors. In Holt's account, however, proponents of Whiggery were divided on numerous other issues.

The nature of these disagreements amongst party leaders (most notably Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and future presidents such as John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore) take up the majority of space in Holt's 1,200-page account. Instead of relating how general sentiment on major issues (such as territorial expansion and the Compromise of 1850) determined the Whigs' fate, Holt shows how local and statewide political caucuses, party "kingmakers," federal patronage, and special interests created competing factions within the party even before sectionalism fractured cooperation between Northern and Southern wings in 1854. Amidst the diffused levels of power that defined the Federalism of the post-Jacksonian era, Holt concludes that the more popular leaders (such as Taylor and Fillmore) tried to balance competition amongst party factions instead of imposing an ideological "hard line" on sectional issues, a move that alienated many of the party's key ideological supporters. Written in an engaging narrative style with a minimal engagement of abstract theory, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party meticulously reconstructs the byzantine world of 19th-century American politics. --John M. Anderson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A well reasoned work of political history.
In the Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, Professor Holt convicingly demonstrates through detailed inspection and analysis of national, state and local elections that the Whigs were always a deeply divided political party whose continued existance as a potent political force was always reliant upon their fervent opposition to the Democratic Party and its policies.For this reason, since Whig success or failure at the polls was always dependent upon Demoratic actions as opposed to those of the Whigs themselves, the Whigs were always at the mercy of their political opponents.Therefore, when tangable differences between the two parties began to deteriorate in the early 1850's, the long exisiting and deep divisions among the Whig rank and file allowed for crippling defections to both the enigmatic American and fledgling Republican parties.Thus, the Second Party System came to an abrupt, and for the country, a calamitous end.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr. Holt
First of all, I finished this book!!!
985 pages is no easy task. :o)
I think this is an excellent study of the American political landscape from 1836-1856.
For me, the book filled in a lot of gaps I had in understanding America during this time period.
Warning: This book is NOT for someone who does not have a very strong interest in this topic.
Thank you Mr. Holt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference on Antebellum Politics
This is a great reference on Antebellum politics in America in those formative years of sectionalism leading up to the war between the states. It picks up with the start of the Jacksonian era in the mid-1820's when the Federalist Party is no more. It is a rather thorough piece of scholarship, which some criticize for being overtly technical (e.g. election statistics.) Its value as a reference is not to be underestimated for those interested in 19th century American History. However, the bulk of the book is a well-researched reference into Whig Party politics, which itself was beset by sectionalist factions.

I also recommend State's Rights and the Union by Forrest McDonald. ... Read more

Isbn: 0195055446
Subjects:  1. History    2. History & Theory - General    3. History - General History    4. Political Process - Political Parties    5. Political Science    6. Politics/International Relations    7. U.S. Political History    8. U.S. Political Parties    9. United States - 19th Century    10. United States - Civil War    11. Whig Party (U.S.)    12. American history: c 1800 to c 1900    13. Political parties    14. USA   


American Heritage Century Collection Of Civil War
by Stephen W. Sears
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (22 August, 1983)
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5-0 out of 5 stars How the soldiers saw it
In the mid-1880s, the Century Publishing Co. began a huge retrospectivelook at the Civil War. It eventually was turned into several volumes, thefamous ``Battles and Leaders.'' This is credited with helping reunite thenation.

``Battles and Leaders'' was illustrated by hundreds of woodcuts-- woodcuts because it was difficult to reproduce photographs at that time.The woodcuts were made from illustrations made on the spot by what werelater called ``combat artists'' (``specials'' to the Civil War public), orfrom photographs by artists who had experienced the warfirst-hand.

Nearly 400 of these illustrations (a few water colors, therest woodcuts) are reproduced here from the files of Century.

In few ofthem is there much derring-do. The Civil War battlefield was much morecrowded than a modern one, but still it was a lonely place. Explosions,even the big one at the Battle of the Crater, are the merest wisps againstthe skyline of huge panoramas where armies joust but are barelyvisible.

The soldiers themselves highly approved of these illustrations.The Century artists, they judged, ``got it right.''

Editor Stephen Searsnotes this is not a history of the Civil War, though it does carry throughall the major campaigns in a structured fashion.

Rather it is, for us, alook at what our ancestors took to be the look of the biggest event inAmerican history.

Most of the pictures in this folio are rather homely,almost humdrum. It is the ensemble of all of them that punches home themessage.

All in all, one of the better volumes for coming close to thecommon soldier's experience of that war. ... Read more

Isbn: 0517413604
Sales Rank: 2212426
Subjects:  1. 1861-1865, Civil War    2. Bargain Books    3. Civil War, 1861-1865    4. History    5. History - General History    6. Pictorial works    7. United States    8. United States - Civil War   

Petty : The Classic Pin-Up Art of George Petty
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (16 September, 1997)
list price: $19.99
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Even if you've never heard of George Petty, you're sure to recognize the airbrushed profile of the Petty Girl. She was the face (and legs) of the 1930s, the pinup World War II soldiers languished over, even part of the reason for Esquire's early success. In this handsome portfolio of Petty's work, the Petty Girl shines in all her period glory, from Esquire centerfolds to hosiery ads to calendars. Reid Stewart Austin's accompanying biographical text illuminates Petty's battles with Esquire publisher David Smart, as well as his forays into Hollywood design and even merchandising. Petty's empire was a family business; his wife Jule helped think up ideas, and son George posed as the Petty Girl's date. Petty's main model, however, was his leggy daughter Marjorie, who contributes an introductory essay to this volume. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Petty-Legendary Pin-up Artist
Besides containing hundreds of photos of some of Petty's best works for Esquire and Old Gold this book also contains the story of the artist,George Petty.From the beginning of his art career to his run arounds withthe stuffed shirts at Esquire.The author masterfully paints a picture ofa man that created one of America's most endearing icons.This book alsocontains a brief but very interesting story about the author searching out,finding, and actually meeting his hero a few short years before his death. Excellent read and masterfully designed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes me wish I was a B-17 Bomber!!
I'm a big fan of the classical pin-up. George Petty's work is the epitome of pin-up art.His girls always seem to talk to you, to tease you.I was lucky enough to purchase this book and I feel my money was wellspent.This book also tells the story of Petty's birth, childhood, andeventual rise to fame in the pages of Esquire, True and several otherpopular magazines of this era.It also tells how he became enthralled inthe war effort and how his "girls" became the dreams andfantasies of many a G.I. during WWII, and especially one of his piecesrecreated on the nose of the famous "Memphis Belle".This bookis for the aspiring pin-up artist (like myself) too as well as the pin-upenthusiast. Do check it out!! ... Read more

Isbn: 0517201151
Subjects:  1. Airbrush art    2. Art    3. Individual Artist    4. Petty, George    5. Pinup art    6. Popular Culture - General    7. Sale Adult - Art & Art Instruction    8. United States    9. Women in art   

When the Sky Fell: In Search of Atlantis
by Rand Flem-Ath, Rose Flem-Ath
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Mass Market Paperback (01 December, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars a follower on ancient events
ive read many things abotu all kinds of ancient things, but when i bought this book, i wasnt sure what to expect. when i started reading the book i was facinated with every page. it had me think about everything all over again. i recommend this book to everyone, its very interesting

4-0 out of 5 stars It asks some very interesting questions...
While I may not be too sure of an advanced civilization known as Atlantis the book does ask some things that interest me, such as: Where did the maps that that show PRE-Ice Age Earth come from? How did big mammals end up freezing to death WHEN such animals would have NEVER even been in such an environment? (And, frankly, how do you flash-freeze such large animals?)
While you might not like the answers, I like the fact that they don't ONCE talk about aliens. I'm sick of aliens. Ancient man was as smart IF not smarter than current man. They did a lot if not more than modern man and without computers, atomic power and pet rocks.

1-0 out of 5 stars if you believe this........
Utter nonsense. Don't waste your money or your eyesight. ... Read more

Isbn: 0312964013
Sales Rank: 45594
Subjects:  1. Mythical Civilizations    2. New Age / Parapsychology    3. Science/Mathematics    4. Science    5. Earth Sciences    6. Atlantis    7. Controversial Knowledge - Atlantis   


A history of the end of the world (An Invisible book)
by Yuri Rubinsky
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (1982)

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5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining, informative, witty
An entertaining and informative history of the idea of the "End of the World" and how various conceptions of "the end" influenced the course of history.

This book includes more than a few surprising facts about well known historical events and people and their connections to the apocalyptic that aren't usually mentioned.

Throughout the book the authors' wit and sense of irony comes through. This is a fun book. ... Read more

Isbn: 0688013880
Sales Rank: 1106062

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