Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different (Paperback)

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Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different (Paperback)

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"Of those writing about the founding fathers, [Gordon Wood] is quite simply the best." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, What made these men great, and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter. The life of each, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Paine, is presented individually as well as collectively, but the thread that binds these portraits together is the idea of character as a lived reality. They were members of the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made men who understood that the arc of lives, as of nations, is one of moral progress.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical Hamilton sparked new interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In addition to Alexander Hamilton, the production also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and many more.

Look for Gordon's 2017 release, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. 
Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His 1969 book The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787 received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes, and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 book The Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. His 2009 book Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, won the 2010 New York Historical Society Prize in American History. Wood's other books include Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders DifferentThe Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of HistoryThe Americanization of Benjamin FranklinThe Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States, most recently, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and he contributes regularly to The New Republic and The New York Review of Books.
Product Details ISBN: 9780143112082
ISBN-10: 0143112082
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 29th, 2007
Pages: 336
Language: English
"Of those writing about the founding fathers, [Gordon Wood] is quite simply the best." —The Philadelphia Inquirer