Fergus M. Bordewich

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, among them America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. His articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. He lives in San Francisco. Visit him at FergusBordewich.com.

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The First Congress
America's Great Debate

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The First Congress: A Group of Extraordinary Men

Historian Fergus Bordewich discusses the most productive Congress in US history in his book 'The First Congress.'

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Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. "The Magic Mountain," by Thomas Mann
"The Power Broker," by Robert Caro
"The Past Is a Foreign Country," by David Lowenthal
"For Cause and Comrades," by James McPherson
Bruce Catton's three-volume history of the Army of the Potomac

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "The Years that Were Fat," by George Kates

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Rewrite, then rewrite, the rewrite.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. William Faulkner
Thomas Mann
V.S. Naipaul
W.G. Sebald

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