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Mark Roth
This is the first of a two-volume biography of Franklin Pierce, America's 14th president. This volume chronicles the time between Pierce's birth and his inauguration as president.

The author portrays Pierce as a very capable politician who was less focused on personal glory than on preserving the union and keeping the Democratic party united during a time of growing sectional conflict leading up to the civil war. While his argument seems reasonable in many ways, there are a few unconvincing parts

Peter Wallner’s two-volume biography of Franklin Pierce is the most recent comprehensive look at Pierce’s life and presidency. The first volume is “Franklin Pierce: New Hampshire’s Favorite Son” published in 2004. Prior to writing this biography Wallner moved to New Hampshire in order to more fully research Pierce’s life. Previously he was a history teacher; he is now a professor at Franklin Pierce College.

This first volume covers Pierce’s life from his ch
Jerry Landry
Great first volume in a two-volume series on our fourteenth president. This one focuses on Pierce's early life up to his first night in the White House. Very insightful in its examination of Pierce's rise to power. I greatly enjoy Wallner's writing style and pacing -- detailed yet not clunky, very easy flowing.
A decent history of his life up to the time he is inaugurate President. Only for really serious Presidential history dorks.
May 25, 2011 Terri marked it as to-read
Eric Smith
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