A political science professor explores America's founders' trepidation about the future of the nation. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all came to deem America's constitutional experiment an utter failure that was unlikely to last beyond their own generation—misgivings detailed here.
... very timely ... This was a fascinating and completely new perspective on the Founders and their view of the country they helped create ... This entirely fresh look at the inner thoughts of our country’s early political titans is both highly engaging and thought provoking, showing the very human side of politics in early America.
Rasmussen has produced a well-researched study that is a salutary read. He writes accessibly, explaining what motivated and worried each of these leaders. Concern for future generations and the fate of the republic is a recurring theme, and will also resonate with many readers today ... Though Written primarily for history lovers, this thought-provoking book may strike a chord with others as well.
... an illuminating account of how the founding fathers worried about the future of America ... Rasmussen lends weight to his arguments with revealing—and often sobering—quotes from primary sources...and enlivens the proceedings with flashes of wit ... This standout history provides useful context for understanding the roots of contemporary political turmoils and may comfort those who fear that American democracy is in dire peril.