Revolutionary Characters : What Made the Founders Different
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.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 137.16 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
- 01 Jun 2007
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
If we cant turn back the clock, at least we can enjoy a master historians refreshing reassessment of seven men whose legacies live on. . . . It has the integrity and, yes, the eccentricity of the Founders it celebrates. ("The Weekly Standard")
About Gordon S Wood
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 Different, The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and most recently, The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States, and he contributes regularly to The New Republic and The New York Review of Books.