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Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different
Author: Gordon S. Wood
ISBN 13: 9780143112082
ISBN 10: 143112082
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2007-05-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $17.00

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.

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