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    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 re

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    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 cyni

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    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 paid attention during their history classes and were already familiar with the founders Neverthele

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    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 has a political axe to grind he kept i

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    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 uite 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 the book offers chapters on several of our Founders the book is reall

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    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

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    Gordon S Wood is Professor of History at Brown University He received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History for T

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    Similar to the Idea of America in that Revolutionary Characters is a collection of previously written essays edited for a popular 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 Revolution worth a read but hardly a poolside read The

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    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 Fo

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    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 get non fiction into my reading diet It's definitely enjoyable to listen to and focus on via an audiobook then overcoming the stigma of reading what amounts to a textbook

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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 greatand shows us among many 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 ageIn his recent collection of essays Revolutionary Characters What Made the Founders Different 2006 Gordon Wood offers thoughtful meditations on the Founders Gordon Wood is Professor of History at Brown University He is deservedly esteemed for his studies of the Revolutionary eraIn his book Wood offers succinct discussions of the Founders their backgrounds what they did and most importantly what they thought He sets the Founders within their time but shows paradoxically how the success of the Founders made their achievements and characters impossible to replicate in subseuent generationsWood s book consists of individual essays on eight founders Washington Franklin Jefferson Hamilton Madison Adams Paine and Burr His Introduction and concluding Epilogue attempt to bring coherence to the story For Wood what sets the Founders apart from subseuent leaders was their ability to combine high intellectual achievement in politics with the life of affairs and leadership In much of the subseuent history of the United States intellectuals and thinkers have been separated from active political life and in fact alienated from it Thus the cynicism that I mentioned at the outset of this review He finds that the Founders were able to combine the world of intellect with that of practical politics through a devotion to Enlightenment and aristocratic ideals including ideals regarding the role of an educated gentleman in society and ideals of civil behavior and good manners in a broad sense The Founders were in part individuals who had risen by their own efforts in most cases through education and study They used their success to devote themselves to the good of the country and to expand the scope of public participation This expansion of the scope of citizen participation in the government lead to democracy and egalitarianism and destroyed the conditions which had made the achievement of the Founders itself possibleOf the essays in the book the first On the Greatness of George Washington is a reminder of why this reserved austere figure deserves to be remembered as the greatest of Presidents and as the greatest member of an outstanding generation The essays on John Adams and James Madison have the highest degree of intellectual content In the Adams essay Woods discusses Adams political philosophy and shows how it was in part prescient and profound and in part based upon a misunderstanding of American constitutionalism In the essay on Madison Woods argues that there was a unity of thought throughout his career rather than a switch from Federalism to states rights and democracy as argued by manyThe essays of Thomas Paine and Aaron Burr are interesting in themselves and also for the light the cast on the other Founders In both cases Wood uses them as foils Paine was already a democrat and a writer of inflammatory prose for readers without education or knowledge of the classics This set him apart from his contemporaries Aaron Burr abandoned the ideal and devotion to public service of the remaining founders and devoted himself solely to the pursuit of his own interests This basic change and not his subseuent activities in the West for which he was tried for treason is for Wood The Real Treason of Aaron BurrWood s book is an outstanding way to become reacuainted with the American Founders It encouraged me to think about how American ideals originated and how they developed and changed 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Other things just how much character did in fact matter The life of eachWashington Adams Jefferson Franklin Hamilton Madison Paineis presented individually as well as collectively but the thread that binds these portraits 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 uite 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 the book offers chapters on several of our Founders the book is really about their various political ideas and philosophies It then becomes of a history of the rise and fall of the American gentleman in politics before and after the Revolution and the adoption of the Constitution It would appear that the Federalist and Republican Founders had their ideas of what our country should become and who should lead it and they were both undone by the nature of the American people On the whole I didn t learn anything I didn t already know and what I didn t know really wasn t all that enlightening Öbür Divan of eachWashington Adams Jefferson Franklin Hamilton Madison Paineis presented individually as well as collectively but the thread that binds these portraits I love history especially that Summary of Homo Deus of Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes 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 uite well researched and written Unfortunately it is a book that The Teams Milking Cow only a reader devoted to historical scholarship and political science is likely to enjoy While the book A Wolfs Desire Reluctant Mates offers chapters Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) on several Zenith of A Pale Light in the Black our Founders the book is really about their various political ideas and philosophies It then becomes Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves of the rise and fall Spieserye of the American gentleman in politics before and after the Revolution and the adoption Feral of the Constitution It would appear that the Federalist and Republican Founders had their ideas Krismis van Map Jacobs of what Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods our country should become and who should lead it and they were both undone by the nature Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche of the American people On the whole I didn t learn anything I didn t already know and what I didn t know really wasn t all that enlightening

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Together is the idea of character as a lived reality They were members of the first generation in history that was self consciously self mademen who understood that the arc of lives as of nations is one of moral progress Similar to the Idea of America in that Revolutionary Characters is a collection of previously written essays edited for a popular 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 Revolution worth a read but hardly a poolside read The book consists of short biographical sketches of Washington Franklin Jefferson Hamilton Madison John Adams Paine and Burr The chapters are less chronicles of the lives of the founders than illustrations in the general themes Wood explores elsewhere for example Wood sees Burr s real treason as a betrayal of the gentlemen class virtues by nakedly pursuing his self interest instead of acting in a disinterested matter and argues that Paine was America s first public intellectual writing to the masses instead of the republic of letters though ultimately undone by his candor in regards to his belief in deism Wood s introduction explains that the founding generation was truly uniue and unleashed a democratic spirit that would ensure that such a ruling class would not be replicated in the United States A running theme is that the founders created a public spirit that celebrated the people and the democratic spirit that eroded their own power base natural aristocracy and left many of them bewildered at the transformation near the end of their lives Washington is framed as the ideal gentleman and hyper concerned with his reputation at least in modern eyes Wood discusses the reputation that Washington established by surrendering his command at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War which was unprecedented and earned him the name of the modern Cincinnatus Several times Washington was cajoled into making his decisions based on the impact on his reputation once in regard to donating a gift of shares to what would become the university of washington and lee in rejecting leadership of the society of cincinnati both issues dear to his heart these are mentioned in radicalism of the american revolution as well In fact even when it came to presiding over the constitutional convention Washington was finally convinced to preside to avoid the impression that he hoped the convention would fail so he could take over as a military dictator Wood argues that one of Washington s greatest acts was to free his slaves on his death Washington even privately concluded that if the country was to break apart he would be on the side of the union Also interesting was the ambiguous nature of the executive which some high federalists in particular with Hamilton hoping that the United States would grow into a comparable european fiscal military state with ability to raise money and wage war regarded as an elected monarch Washington was the only person capable of being trusted in this supreme position throughout his term there were many trappings of european monarchy The chapter on Franklin is an abridgement of the Americanization of Benjamin Franklin worth a read of its own In particular Wood shows the transformation of Franklin from imperial servant to Revolutionary Wood notes that unlike the other founders Franklin already had an international reputation as a scientist freuently considered permanently relocating to Europe and bragged of his connections to the imperial government Franklin sought an imperial appointment as late as the 1770s before being humiliated by the government for some political miscalculations publically releasing the hutchinson letters In one particularly spectacular moment it is said that after his public humiliation Franklin told one official that he would make your king a LITTLE KING Wood argues that one of the reasons that Franklin became so patriotic was his loyalties were uestioned because he was a late though authentic mainly through being spurred convert to the revolutionary cause The essays on Adams Madison and Jefferson are interesting in that they show some of the nuances of the first party system Wood notes that the federalists and republicans were not modern parties in any meaning of the word The federalists considered themselves the government and considered the republicans to be subversive elements challenging the government this was particularly interesting in context of the sedition acts which the federalists thought was legitimate to protect the government while the republicans developed an early argument for the marketplace of ideas which symbolizes the birth of public opinion while the republicans considered themselves a temporary alliance meant to restore true revolutionary values similar to English Whigs Jefferson and Madison represented a strain of revolutionary thought that assumed that if left alone the natural impulses of society would allow civilization and people to prosper Central to their belief was the role of trade in connecting peoples peacefully similar to Kant s perpetual peace argument and the rationale behind the disastrous embargo which Wood notes still exists as economic sanctions Jefferson and Madison thought that monarchical power was tied to warfare standing armies and tyranny and stood in direct opposition to Hamilton Wood argues that there is no Madison problem between the Madison of the Federalist and the Madison of the Kentucky Resolutions Wood argues that Madison was always concerned about the abuses of the popular legislatures in his virginia plan both houses were proportional and congress would wield a veto over state laws against the Union Madison also suggested that there be a judicialexecutive council to wield this veto When these were rejected Madison thought the constitution would fail Ultimately Madison supported SCOTUS judicial review but did not favor the fiscalexecutivemilitary state that Hamilton supported which was ultimately the most forward looking Wood s essay on Adams is interesting as well Adams was outside of the country during the crucial period of the convention While Adams supported the tripartite structure he relied on classical rationales of republicanism which saw each branch as representative of an order of society the senate aristocracy the house the populace and the executivemonarchy to balance the two Adams based this on his pessimistic view of humanity as jealous and scrambling for honors While most political theory by that point agreed with the conclusion it did not agree with the rationale which rested on a theory of popular sovereignty the people doling out its sovereignty to the government which have parts of that authority as agents of the people Overall an enjoyable read that does not repeat the rote popular biographies but not dense enough to give you a 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