The Idea of a Party System- The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States 1780-1840 by Richard Hofstadter http://www.bookscrolling.com/the-best-books-to-learn-about-president-martin-van-buren/
Richard Hofstadter. (6 Aug 1916–24 Oct 1970) A US historian and public intellectual of the mid-20th c. His influence is ongoing, as modern critics profess admiration for the grace of his writing, and the depth of his insight. Twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize: in 1956 for The Age of Reform, an unsentimental analysis of the populism movement in the 1890s. He showed more interest in his research than in his teaching. In undergraduate classes, he read aloud each day the draft of his next book.