I love history especially that of our Revolution so I was looking forward to reading this book.


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Not that I really care, but is there a way for audio books to be listed by how many pages are actually in the book rather than as having them listed as having only one page? I wish I could say I enjoyed it but I did not. The portraits drawn are interesting and much can be earned when compared with one's own unde.

It must have been a fascinating time to be alive – especially if you happened to be born a male and could live comfortably (thanks to your family’s money and the slaves you kept on your plantation.) Complete summary of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter.

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This was a very interesting read. HISTORICAL & MILITARY Gordon S. Wood’s book on the founders of the United States presents a series of biographical sketches compiled from a selection of his published works. translated by

But what I did enjoy about Gordon Wood’s book were the character sketches – details about the kind of men the founders were: 18th century gentlemen who placed a high priority on honor, dignity and good manners; extremely intelligent and articulate, well read (although not all of them were formally educated); creative and passionate about what they were doing.

GENERAL BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR The guides present and create literary and other works in pamphlet form or online. The portraits drawn are interesting and much can be earned when compared with one's own understandings and those of other writers. Unfortunately, it is a book that only a reader devoted to historical scholarship and political science is likely to enjoy.

Start by marking “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Not sugar coated, but you can really see how far we have come, or perhaps, fallen.

I actually fairly enjoy the format, which paints the main themes of Wood's work (the gentlemen culture, republicanism, and the birth of democratic culture) while still being accessible (unlike the very dense Radicalism of the American Revolution [worth a read, but hardly a poolside read]). A very good introduction to some of the leading characters of the American Revolution. An excellent book that looks at the characters of the American Revolution & what made them different. T. The subtitle about what made the Founding Fathers "different" is a pun. 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? The book assumes a working knowledge of the time period since it focuses on eight men & what their motivations were.

It is like getting to read a very well-informed mini-biography on each.

Gordon S. Wood.

There was a chapter dedicated to each of the Founding Fathers: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Paine and Aaron Burr (although I don't know for the life of me why anyone would want to dedicate a whole chapter to stupid Aaron Burr). Without losing sight of the revolutionaries’ often significant faults, he offers a welcome, if ironic, reminder of one of their lasting achievements: creating an egalitarian polity that had no place for aristocrats like themselves again.

While the book offers chapters on several of our Founders the book is really about their various political ideas and philosoph.

More specifically Wood points to a tendency in the last forty years by some scholars to impose current social and political objectives on the founders.

Once they were officially a couple, her feelings for him turned into a “toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.” But for someone with a “natural resistance to chaos,” being the wife of an ambitious politician was no small feat, and becoming a mother along the way added another layer of complexity.