A Madman's Will

A MADMAN’S WILL: John Randolph, Four Hundred Slaves, and the Mirage of Freedom

Winner of the Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography

The saga of John Randolph’s will—which led to one of the largest and most publicized private emancipations in American history—finally comes to light. A story about the meaning of freedom in a society infected by slavery, it casts light on a dilemma that still troubles us today.


JEFFERSON’S TREASURE: How Albert Gallatin Saved the New Nation from Debt

The untold story of how Albert Gallatin abolished internal revenue taxes, slashed federal spending, and repaid half of the national debt—undoing the work of Alexander Hamilton and setting American fiscal policy for the next century.