Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

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A historical analysis of America's founding leaders identifies the character qualities that enabled them to make their pivotal contributions to the country's formation, discussing what their examples can teach modern readers and how their shared vision of a national meritocracy was shaped by period beliefs about character and leadership. 75,000 first printing.

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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. Wood contributes regularly to The New Republic and The New York Review of Books.

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Wood examines the motivations, personalities, foibles, and integrity of the Founding Fathers, and how those factors bore on the creation of our nation. This temperate, informed, and informative, albeit long-winded, volume responds to revisionist historians, who have over-humanized the men who created the United States. The work benefits from the skill of narrator Scott Brick, whose intelligence and expressiveness absorbingly reflect the meat and message of even the stuffiest passages. His Shakespearean experience adds sonority and grace to a text that, on paper, often lacks both. He and his producers are a bit careless with names, as when he pronounces "Strahan," a friend of Franklin, two ways, both wrong. Y.R. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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