Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

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


10 thoughts on “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Wood offers a chapter each to a slew of household names from the time of the Revolution It is like getting to read a very well informed mini biography on each One thing I found was that the turmoil of the post revolutionary period left me in a bit of a daze There was not only considerable diversity among the founders in terms of their macro views if not their gender or


  2. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    America s Founders And American IdealsFor much of our history, the leaders of the American Revolution and the framers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution enjoyed iconic, mythic status But they have also been subjected to criticism and debunking, based on their alleged elitism, racism, and sexism in our increasingly cynical, skeptical age.In his recent co


  3. Trisha Trisha says:

    I picked up this book at the library on July 3 so I could start reading it the next day My plan was to spend most of the 4th trying to learn a little about some of the founding fathers It was a great idea, however I probably should have picked something a little less daunting since this book was obviously intended for people who had paidattention during their history cla


  4. Jim Jim says:

    An excellent book that looks at the characters of the American Revolution what made them different The book assumes a working knowledge of the time period since it focuses on eight men what their motivations were Extensively documented, other readings are suggested as needed His basic premise is that these men were revolutionaries that fought themselves out of a job If he


  5. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    This was a very interesting read The author a Pulitzer Prize winner for another book on the Revolutionary War presents what I would call character studies of the following men George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Paine and Aaron Burr An introduction before and an epilogue after ties it all together Ve


  6. David Eppenstein David Eppenstein says:

    I love history especially that of our Revolution so I was looking forward to reading this book I wish I could say I enjoyed it but I did not Certainly Wood s scholarship and writing are not at fault as the book is quite well researched and written Unfortunately, it is a book that only a reader devoted to historical scholarship and political science is likely to enjoy While


  7. Anthony Anthony says:

    Gordon S Wood is Professor of History at Brown University He received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History forThe Radicalism of the American Revolutionand the 1970 Bancroft Prize forThe Creation of the American Republic, 1776 1787 Revolutionary Characters What Made the Founders Differentis a series of essays covering each of eight different founding fathers George Washington,


  8. Vincent Li Vincent Li says:

    Similar to the Idea of America in that Revolutionary Characters is a collection of previously written essays edited for apopular audience 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 Revoluti


  9. Ryan Ryan says:

    While Gordon Wood is one of the leading historians of the 18th Century nascent American republic and his depth and breadth of knowledge is remarkably impressive, this book comes across as a pale version of Joseph Ellis s Founding Brothers, with the essays on select founders Too often does the author come across as lecturing the reader about these significant revolutionary men


  10. Jon Jon says:

    I enjoyed listening to these essays during my daily commute I learned many things about my American history and heritage It also inspired me to read some of Thomas Paine s works I think I have also found a way to getnon fiction into my reading diet It s definitelyenjoyable to listen to and focus on via an audiobook then overcoming the stigma of reading what amounts to a textboo


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