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At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union

Robert V. Remini

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ISBN 10: 1441740252 / ISBN 13: 9781441740250
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2010
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Title: At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and...

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: MP3 CD

Book Condition:Good

Edition: MP3CD Unabridged.

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The author of the National Book Award-winning biography The Life of Andrew Jackson recounts the Compromise of 1850, a titanic act of political will that only a skillful statesman like Henry Clay could broker. By a winner of the Spur Award for western nonfiction. Simultaneous. Book available.


Library Journal
“Award-winning historian Remini...draws on his immense knowledge of antebellum American politics and sectionalism to give an informed and lively recounting of the (in)famous Compromise of 1850.... Remini’s great strength is making sense of the many and various personal and political interests entangled in the slavery issue and in showing how the ‘great men’ like Henry Clay tried to manage sectional reconciliation and their own ambitions.”

Publisher’s Weekly
“Remini ably dissects a dangerous moment in the nation’s history and the remarkable but flawed man who ushered the nation through it.”
“Condensed with well-dramatized brevity, Remini’s account will captivate the American-history audience.”
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“Robert Remini paints a vivid portrait of Henry Clay in this tightly focused analysis of a critical moment in United States history.... A finely detailed examination of the art of compromise in politics as well as a splendid testimonial to Henry Clay’s inestimable value in our nation’s history.”

Washington Times
“[Remini] narrows his focus to Clay’s last great struggle, the Compromise of 1850, and argues quite persuasively that good politics demands great men.”

Roll Call“Remini, the House historian, provides an engaging narrative brimming with dialogue from historic figures such as Vice President John C. Calhoun and Sen. Stephen A Douglas and detailed descriptions of action on the Senate and House floors.... For fans of legislative wrangling, the book is a joy to read as it follows the multiple deaths and rebirths of Clay’s compromise until finally reaching success, albeit in modified terms. It is a story that will be familiar to observers of today’s Congress.... Ultimately, Remini’s main purpose is not to dwell on the policy details but to explore how and why some Congressmen were willing to engage in the give-and-take of lawmaking and to lament the lost art of compromise.”

Louisville Courier-Journal
“Remini’s short and accessible book...explores an aging and ailing Clay’s final effort – the Compromise of 1850.... As our country confronts polarizing issues and our politicians reject compromise, we could use Henry Clay.”

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