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AT THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved the Union

by | Read by William Hughes

History • 4.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2010

Henry Clay was a Southerner who favored union over sectionalism and a slave owner who understood how the institution of slavery could tear the country apart. He also was a consummate politician who understood the value of true compromise—when each side gives up something to gain something important. Clay was the architect of the Compromise of 1820. This book profiles the efforts to craft a legislative package that would prevent a civil war in 1850. It is part social history and part political science primer on the legislative process. William Hughes reads the book with an air of solemnity but not somnolence. He varies his pacing, especially during quoted material, when he slows down noticeably, offering a kind of aural quotation marks. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2010]



Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CD ISBN 9781441740243 $29.95 • Four CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781441740250 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2010

CS ISBN 9781441740212 $44.95 • Five cassettes

CD ISBN 9781441740229 $69.00 • Four CDs

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