The Good Fight The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How they Shaped the Nation)

Anne Quirk

Book - 2017

"The history of the feuds between the founding fathers during the course of the Revolution"--Provided by publisher.

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2017]
First Edition
Item Description
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
118 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-118).
Main Author
Anne Quirk (author)
Other Authors
Elizabeth Baddeley (illustrator)
  • George Washington vs. King George III
  • Benjamin Franklin vs. William Franklin
  • Alexander Hamilton vs. history
  • John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Want to make the story of our founding fathers relevant and interesting? One way is to produce a groundbreaking, award-winning Broadway rap musical. Another solution might be to offer this slim tome, a summary of four fractious early American relationships. Taking a balanced tone and using informal, accessible language, the text deftly weaves in colonial grievances, military campaigns, international relations, and evolving politics as it uses anecdotes and quotes to demonstrate personal hostilities. The enmity between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr has been well documented, as has the lifelong sparring between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Perhaps less known, but just as effective in portraying divided loyalties and difficult choices, are the stories of the two Georges (Washington and King George the III), and the disputes between Benjamin Franklin and his Loyalist son, William. The brief chapters and witty illustrations make this easygoing, and multiple source notes authenticate each veiled insult or outright affront. A great way to introduce primary sources while capturing the angst involved in creating a new nation. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–7—Many books have been written on early U.S. history, including ones that discuss infighting among the Founding Fathers, and though this title might appear to be just another foray into this subject, it's much more. Readers will be pleasantly surprised not only by all the nuggets of history they'll learn but also the lesson that heated debate isn't necessarily bad—it can even be wildly productive. The work opens with the dispute between George and George (that is, George III and George Washington). The most interesting story is probably that of Benjamin Franklin and his Tory son, William. (Who knew that dad allowed his son to rot in jail during the Revolutionary War?) Humorous text and cartoonish black-and-white illustrations keep the narrative lighthearted and well paced. An afterword acknowledges some of the hypocrisies surrounding our nation's architects but ends on a rather hopeful note ("But the founding fathers aren't the only founders of America… The United States is still growing and changing."). VERDICT A general purchase for U.S. history collections, especially for fans of Steve Sheinkin's King George: What Was His Problem?; Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Brooklyn Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A quirky assessment of how America's founding fathers settled their differences in their quest to establish the nation includes an account of how Thomas Jefferson quit his job as Secretary of State to protest Alexander Hamilton's creation of the national bank. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Can&;t get enough of Hamilton? Think the British were the only ones we squabbled with during the Revolutionary War? Think again! A unique look at how the founding fathers settled their differences in their quest to settle a nation.   George Washington vs. King George. Benjamin Franklin vs. his son William. John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton vs. everyone!   Join author Anne Quirk and illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley as they referee four fascinating historical throw-downs between the founding fathers . . . and prove that the United States of America is a place worth fighting for.   A Junior Library Guild selection