Chris DeRose

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Founding Rivals: Madison vs...

3.97 avg rating — 431 ratings — published 2011 — 14 editions
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The Presidents' War: Six Am...

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Congressman Lincoln

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The Cynic by Alec Macgillis
" Adam wrote: "Does anyone even like McConnell? What's he done to deserve praise or be liked for?"

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I was so excited for this book. So looking forward to reading more of Caro's beautiful, distinctive writing. He intends to write a Caro-length memoir - and candidly acknowledges that this short book exists in case he runs out of time. I could have re ...more
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Top five of the biographies I’ve read in the past five years.

The cyclical storytelling of this phenomenal account of SOC’s life, does not feel like the momen..." Read more of this review »
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An absolute triumph. The public knows so little about any given justice, even a famous, historic justice like O'Connor. Thomas skillfully brings her to life.

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The Cartel by Don Winslow
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If you're reading this, you've probably read The Power of the Dog. I liked this just as much, if not more. Epic, sweeping, a small army of supporting characters and subplots representing the many people involved in the drug war. Winslow is a gifted s ...more
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The Cynic by Alec Macgillis
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The author hates his subject. I'm not sure what more I can say. The author hated his subject before he wrote it. Every fact was filtered through this lens. If you already hate the subject, and want to spend your life reading an entire book telling yo ...more
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Family Secrets by Jeff Coen
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Read it to get insight into the Chicago mob and it certainly did not disappoint. Writing about trials is difficult: evidence is presented out of narrative order and some of it is redundant. When do you present a straightforward story based on testimo ...more
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“Perhaps modern esteem for these figures serves as a reminder that, though statesmen may have to struggle mightily to advance their cause, and though they may lose on an issue or come out on the wrong side in the judgment of history, their principled determination is sufficient to win them a place in people's hearts, long after they are gone.”
Chris DeRose, Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation

“For the first and not the last time in American history, a measure was adopted when the leader of the opposing party led the charge for it. The modern cliché is “Only Nixon could go to China”—only such a strong anti-communist could regularize relations with that country.”
Chris DeRose, Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation

“Britain was playing on the same weakness in America, punishing American exporters in the confidence that all thirteen states, behaving as separate actors, could not retaliate. Spain was also busy pitting Northern and Southern states against each other in its attempt to wrest the Mississippi from America. One characteristic of the failed governments Madison studied, from the Achaean League to the Belgic Confederacy, was paralysis. They were unable to get things done. The Achaeans required the agreement of ten of twelve members, and the Belgic Confederacy required unanimous consent. The Belgic Confederacy consisted of fifty-two independent cities and seven provinces. Thus foreign powers and enemies needed to co-opt only one city or province out of fifty-nine to get their way.3 It was exactly what both Madison and Monroe had continually experienced in Congress.”
Chris DeRose, Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation

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