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Fergus M. Bordewich

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of several books, among them Washington: The Making of the American Capital; Bound for Canaan, a national history of the Underground Railroad; and 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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America's Great Debate

The riveting story behind the Compromise of 1850, which brought together two generations of Senate luminaries in a last effort to preserve the Union.

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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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