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.
Elegant ... absorbing ... from one of our leading scholars of the American Revolution.