Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein - The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

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In their provocative study of the pitfalls of electoral politics, Isenberg and Burstein, authors, respectively of White Trash and Democracy's Muse, and co-authors of Madison and Jefferson, focus on presidents John and John Quincy Adams, showing how their reservations about popular democracy went unheeded in their time—only to be borne out in our own. More skeptical than most of the founders, Adams père and fils saw cracks in the very foundations of the nation, warning that democracy harbored the potential for demagoguery. The two men saw this playing out in what they believed was the dangerous popularity of Thomas Jefferson, and the authors track it through the cult-like appeal of later leaders like Andrew Jackson and Trump. Challenging the many myths that have grown up around the ideal of democracy, Isenberg and Burstein give historical context to today’s troubled political landscape.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780525557500
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Published: Viking - April 16th, 2019

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