Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, whose thirst for power cannot be quenched, has gained control of New Orleans, a move that gives him potential mastery of the Mississippi River Valley. A country as strong as France could stop America's free-trade market from growing along the great waterway. As France forces the young nation's hand economically and politically, the greatest minds and visionaries of a young America struggle to hold it all together.More
"Brimming with personal and political tension, the gripping narrative vividly re-creates a seminal moment in the infancy of the U.S. An intelligent, well-crafted drama featuring a cast of authentically rendered historical characters." (Booklist)
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the best way to learn history
The reader has good dramatic skills
the suspense before the Louisiana purchase.
James Madison telling Dolly she was right about Livingston in Paris, and Dolly's emotional support of James, giving him the credit for the success of the deal.
M Lewis. His passions and moods.