Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America

Dinner at Mr Jefferson s Three Men Five Great Wines and the Evening that Changed America The Constitution was two years old and the United States was in serious danger Bitter political rivalry between former allies and two surging issues that inflamed the nation led to grim talk of breaki

  • Title: Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America
  • Author: Charles A. Cerami
  • ISBN: 9780470083062
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Constitution was two years old and the United States was in serious danger Bitter political rivalry between former allies and two surging issues that inflamed the nation led to grim talk of breaking up the union Then a single great evening achieved compromises that led to America s great expansion This book celebrates Thomas Jefferson and his two guests, Alexander HThe Constitution was two years old and the United States was in serious danger Bitter political rivalry between former allies and two surging issues that inflamed the nation led to grim talk of breaking up the union Then a single great evening achieved compromises that led to America s great expansion This book celebrates Thomas Jefferson and his two guests, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and the meal that saved the republic In Dinner at Mr Jefferson s, you ll discover the little known story behind this pivotal evening in American history, complete with wine lists, recipes, and .

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    1. Despite some weaknesses, this short history was really a pleasure to read and refreshing. I'm not sure how the author rates as an historian but his account of the struggles between Jefferson and Madison on the one hand and Hamilton seems sufficiently factual to be credit-worthy. Although Cerami injects gratuitous praise for Chernow's biography of Hamilton, it was a pleasure to find that an author can still be published who doesn't join anti-Jefferson campaign. None of the three - Madison, Hamilt [...]

    2. If you are someone who doesn't know much about this time period and wants to learn more, this book is a very digestible way to understand this information. If you are someone who already knows much about this time period, much of this book will be repetition of things you already know. The "Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's" only comprises one chapter of the book, and while the reader can tell the author firmly believes this dinner changed the course of history, he spends a significant amount of time go [...]

    3. This had the potential to be illuminating; it failed.In the early, formative days of the American republic, the disagreements of the individual founders portended more than they would now. The fresh slate of America was easily stamped, but easily damaged as well.One such fissure formed between Hamilton and Jefferson. The issue concerned the rightful division of powers between the state and federal governments. Jefferson, Hamilton and Jefferson's ally James Madison met for the titular dinner to d [...]

    4. The title is misleading…mehow I expected more about the dinner. Not sure what….but a bit more than one little chapter. Otherwise…this book was fine for me since I forgot most of my history and prefer small doses & more anecdotal. I was not aware of all the friction between Jefferson and Hamilton with Washington trying to keep the peace. I did enjoy the debates on how they ended up with Washington, DC being the capital. There was many other issues.which in my school days were so boring [...]

    5. About 3/4s of the way through, I quit reading this book because I was tired of the author twisting himself into knots trying to make all of the founding fathers look good all of the time. The founders were human; they made mistakes and occasionally behaved badly, just like the rest of us. Get over it, already. Too bad, because the economics and politics of the situation have some remarkable parallels to today's situation.

    6. One of the best books I've ever read, The way that this whole dinner helped to form a nation, Cerami made me feel like I was watching every piece of this story unfold. Great book!

    7. When I first saw this book, I became uncontrollably excited--I would finally be able to read about the events surrounding my favorite song, the "Room Where it Happened" in the hit musical production, Hamilton. Well. Fast forward 157 pages later (I couldn't even finish the book) and here I am, disappointed and let down by this novel. Don't get me wrong--Cerami beautifully articulates the background of the characters involved, making them seemingly alive. The explanations for the compromise includ [...]

    8. If you pick this up hoping for some riveting dinner conversation between some founding fathers', you will be disappointed. The book delivered some interesting interpersonal relations and their motivations during the pivotal point in time. People who have read on Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison prior will possibly glean new details as their lives intertwined through time.

    9. Finally finished. Lots of info on Hamilton, Washington, Madison, and Jefferson. Well folks, politics haven’t changed much as far as personalities go. BUT, and it is a big BUT, the men who wrote our Constitution and began our government DID put their personal disputes aside for their country. Something today’s politicians know nothing about country first.

    10. Library Journal claims that "Cerami wittily recounts the evening in rich detail" yet he just spends one chapter on the actual dinner. 125 pages lead up to the dinner with introductory information and neat little tidbits. Then you have eleven and a half pages about the dinner. And then the rest of the book is what happens afterwards and more neat little tidbits. While I enjoyed the neat little tidbits like Jefferson's tension headaches, Washington getting pains in his arms when he wrote to his mo [...]

    11. "The history of a nation is sometimes written in such brief paragraphs that are barely audible amid the churning sounds of the ages. This book is an account on the birth of democratic factionalism in America, and how it's founders were able to (temporarily) put aside their differences to accomplish a common goal. It involved a lot of yummy food, and drink, and a bit of polite (not just civil) conversation. Somehow I think there's a principle we can all learn from in this, but I digress It's writ [...]

    12. I am conflicted on this offering by Mr. Cerami. On the plus side it's very readable, good paced, and persuasive with respect to Cerami's theory about the oft-referenced and mysterious dinner involving Jefferson, Hamilton and Madison. And there are fascinating recipes from the dinner in the appendix! Unfortunately, it has problems. One is that a work of this type should be well-referenced: it isn't. There is a shocking paucity of footnotes and document citations. The other is that's it's a conspi [...]

    13. Ya know, I think I got a pretty good idea of the circumstances surrounding the famous dinner Compromise of 1790 from this book. However, the dinner itself was only covered in one chapter and filled with conjecture trying to pass itself off as fact. Absolutely NOTHING in this booked is cited and the author likes to insert dialogue that is also un-cited, so the reader is left guessing as to if it is a real quote or simply artistic license. The title of the book is very misleading; as I said, the d [...]

    14. The title and subtitle caught my eye on a recent tour of Monticello. And, despite a decent knowledge of U.S. history, I did not remember learning about the turning-point dinner hosted by Jefferson and attended by Madison and Hamilton. I held off on picking up the book until my book club could begin Ellis' "Founding Brothers," which includes the dinner as one of six portraits of the interrelationships between the Founding Fathers. The chapter describing said dinner moved quickly, but, was placed [...]

    15. This is a decent book dealing mostly with Jefferson and Hamilton, but also touching on Washington and Madison. It is filled with many interesting stories, mainly about the period after the Constitution, when George Washington was in his first term. The dinner in the title is an important moment as political adversaries enemies found a compromise on the assumption of debt, that was a hot button issue. The story of the dinner is really only a small part of the book, so it is a little strange that [...]

    16. Fascinatingd tiresome. The details of the issues in the last decade of eighteenth century America and how they were resolved is really interesting. Some of my friends on who know more about this than I do seem to feel that the book is not strictly accurate, that it credits Jefferson with too much. But they didn't say it was wholly biased. The dinner scene is only one chapter in the middle of the book. I had only two problems with Mr Cerami's writing. One, he belabors things. Two, he twists hims [...]

    17. Not quite what it's billed to be, but still very enjoyable. The evening in question that is said to be unraveled here is really more a fulcrum, with the events leading to and the events that played out after the teetering axes at either side. Despite being quite against expectation--only one brief chapter detailed the dinner--the entire 'plot' and intrigue was still there, built, bit by bit, with fresh investigations into the dynamics of power and personalities involved, putting several of the F [...]

    18. A detailed snapshot of 1789, thought-provoking. Credit, residence, turmoil in Europe were significant issues. George and Alex, Tom 5 years in France back in 89, Madison research and belief that centralized power tends to corruption and government failure, equal vote a solution, John Qs affinity for Tom, George example of showing-up to encourage the 87 convention, Alex belief in property rights per Fed papers, Morris support, Alex 2-50K loans, May 90 pneumonia of George, need to borrow from UK, S [...]

    19. An interesting read concerning the essentially hostile relationship between Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton and the Assumption compromise. Most of the information in the book accurately reflected other sources I have read, but the author's tendency to make leaps in reasoning really turned me off, e.g this was the worst example of in history EVER - or - so and so MUST have thought in situations with no evidence to back up such statements. That jarred me and made me more suspicious of the rest of [...]

    20. This is not a book I would have picked up myself but I'm reading it for my book club. Although it sometimes reads like a textbook, it is a really interesting look at the founding fathers. Not always flattering. It gives a new perspective on these men - very humanizing, I found myself skimming parts but was really interested in the dinner. Little facts like having a dumbwaiter for each guest so that the servants wouldn't hear what was being discussed were interesting. Lots of wheeiing and dealing [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book. I am a political junkie and this book let us see the early days of our country as if it was a political happening of today. Even though the creation of factions was looked down upon it seems inevitable. The balance of personalities and ideas and the pressures that George Washington had to deal with while trying to prevent our country from tearing apart before it was barely born was so interesting to me.

    22. First I have to express my frustration that the "three men, five great wines, and the evening that changed Amercia" is misleading since the dinner in question is contained in one chapter. However the historical perspective of the infant American government and the in-fighting and politics (both dirty and otherwise) were interesting and worth the reading even though I struggled to keep the key players seperated and was often a little confused by the narrative of the book.

    23. I've tried to read and listen to this book several times because I'm keenly interested in the subject. This last time I made it more than half way through the book with no indication that I would ever get to read about the event foretold in the title. Needless to say I found the author's detailed set up (if you can call it that) extremely tiresome. As much as I don't like to, I had to give up on this one.

    24. This book was so disappointing and not at all what I expected. The title and the publisher's description were quite misleading. There was only 13 pages devoted to the dinner and the wine! The rest of the book was dry political description. Not even the few recipes included in the appendix could redeem this book for me. If you are interested in social history or food writing, this is not the book for you.

    25. Inappropriate title and description for the book. The dinner lasted one chapter, or more precisely twelve pages, which means a lot of lead up to the dinner, and wrap up after. Pushing that aside, albeit with difficulty considering I assumed this would be about food and wine, there was interesting history to be learned about the birth of Washington, DC, as well as the interaction between Jefferson and Hamilton.

    26. An enjoyable read for most of the book. Takes you through the country's first presidency and how Hamilton, Madison, and Jefferson might have interacted to make the country financially secure and to settle on the location for a capital city near the Potomac River, focusing specifically on an evening where just those 3 enjoyed wines and food and conversation. An interesting addition: It ends with the recipes served at the momentous dinner.

    27. This book was tough to get through. It took until chapter 10 to actually get to the dinner and then the author spent a few pages discussing the dinner. The story was extremely hard to follow and jumped all over the place. The only reason I gave it two stars was because there were a few facts that I learned that have intrigued me to read biographies on people mentioned in the story. I wouldn't recommend wasting your time on this book.

    28. Wonderfully written and a very interesting topic. There is less about the dinner in here than one might imagine from the title- but not one word is a disappointment. There is much ramping up to the dinner, much about the background of early American politics and the three men involved and a great synopsis of what the dinner did to change America through precedence and purpose even through today.

    29. Good read and I'm not a history buff. Lots of interesting details about Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton, Washington and the beginning of our country. It seems that party politics has not changed much - negative campaigning, state vs federal, attacks on personal character, scandal, etc. Thanks for the book Jim III! I'll let you borrow it!

    30. Excellent book and relevant to this election cycle. In the 1790s as the United States was coming into its own, partisan politics and banking troubles plagued the country much like today. The book mentioned James Madison was a man who studied history and the fall of great nations. It would do our leaders well to read this book and contemplate our future.

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