In almost every respect, Daniel Webster was larger than life: an intellectual colossus, a statesman of the first rank, and a man of towering and finally unfulfilled ambition. In this new biography, Remini portrays Webster as a major player in the entire spectrum of American politics between the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War. ...
In almost every respect, Daniel Webster was larger than life: an intellectual colossus, a statesman of the first rank, and a man of towering and finally unfulfilled ambition. In this new biography, Remini portrays Webster as a major player in the entire spectrum of American politics between the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War. Photos.
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Previous biographies have emphasized one aspect or another of Webster's life, but this is the first one to comprehensively tie everything together. Webster was an incredibly complex and daunting character, and Remini does a wonderful, insightful, and extremely detailed job of showing his readers every inch of that complexity. The fact that the volume is so effortlessly readable is just a bonus. This is the definitive biography of Webster.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-09-15 In 1846, an Alabama congressman lashed into Webster on the House floor as a man of "two characters... as his interests or necessities demandę`the God-like Daniel,' and `Black Dan!' " Remini, biographer of Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson, presents both Websters here, the politician of self-serving laxity in ethics and the spellbinding preacher of American national identity. The last influential Federalist in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, he watched a succession of lesser men occupy the White House. Revered but distrusted, Webster was, to Remini, the victim of his duality. In an era when speech-making was a national entertainment, he held crowds for hours, and his words, in print, became school texts. Yet he would never accept second place on a national ticket and watched two mediocre vice presidents (Tyler and Fillmore) succeed inferior presidents (Harrison and Taylor). Remini conjures up a man and statesman seemingly bigger than life who, especially when in debate with such senatorial peers as Clay and Calhoun, was a gladiator with words and ideas. Shortly before he died in 1852 at age 70, he asked an audience to applaud if it thought he had lived his life well. People "applauded rapturously." Remini remains admiring, but the thoroughness of his coverage requires withholding the rapture. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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