Named one of the best books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews
"Historians often speak of the conflict between Jefferson and Hamilton. Tom Fleming rightly focuses on Jefferson and Washington, for it was in the nexus of their competing visions of the nation's destiny that the United States truly took shape. In this superb book, Fleming compellingly captures the drama of this clash of titans, showing how its outcome made the difference between national ruin and prosperity."Edward G. Lengel, Director, Papers of George Washington and author of General George Washington, A Military Life
Prolific historian Fleming delivers a vivid, opinionated history of this conflict.... Among historians, Jefferson's star has been falling for 50 years. Fleming's frank hostility puts him at the far end of the scale, but he makes a fascinating case that Jefferson's charismawhich peaked early with the Declaration of Independencewas accompanied by fanciful political beliefs that continue to exert a malign influence on the office of the presidency.”Kirkus Reviews
"An absorbing book that will enlighten many and shock some."What Would the Founders Think?