Books by Fergus M. Bordewich

Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Far less edifying than the Constitutional Convention but equally crucial, the colorful machinations of our first Congress receive a delightful account that will keep even educated readers turning the pages."
While the Constitution outlined the theory of our nation, the obstreperous first Congress converted it to reality. It was not a pretty picture, and popular historian Bordewich (America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union, 2012, etc.) delivers an entertaining description of how "it transmuted the Constitution from a paper charter and a set of hopeful aspirations into the machinery of a functioning government."Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2012

"A thrilling history lesson filled with pistol waving in the Senate, 'backroom confabulations,' the death of a president and old-fashioned oratorical efflorescence."
Wholly enjoyable study of an earlier era of intense political partisanship. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2008

"A work of admirable, if digressive, breadth, examining the endurance of the nation's dream, even after the British pillaged Washington in 1814."
Bordewich (Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America, 2005, etc.) chronicles the painful creation of America's capital city. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution."
A vivid reconstruction of abolitionism's most daring act of rebellion, "an epic of high drama, moral courage, religious inspiration, and unexpected personal transformations played out by a cast of extraordinary personalities." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The result is a more evenhanded if less powerful book than Peter Matthiessen's Indian Country, alongside which this worthy volume should be shelved."
An incisive look at troubles simmering in the Indian nations that lie uncomfortably within our own. Read full book review >