Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2018
CD ISBN 9780525637981 $45.00 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9780525637998 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2018
CD ISBN 9780525638001 $45.00 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9780525638018 $95.00
This tripartite history looks at the lives of Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, Henry Clay of Kentucky, and John Calhoun of South Carolina. Eric Martin does well in narrating how these three were able for decades to hammer out compromises that allowed the competing interests of the North and South to maintain the Union and work somewhat together to complete the work of the Founding Fathers. Eventually, however, the addition of territories out west and their resultant settlement made compromise impossible. Martin's resonant voice gives a splendid presentation of this account. His pacing is deliberate but not plodding. He is dispassionate and understated in delivery, which suits the text well. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2019]
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