Tag Archives: Founding Fathers

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Benjamin Franklin”


Benjamin Franklin. By Edmund S. Morgan. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. Benjamin Franklin is one of the first rank “founding fathers,” along with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington. But he was strikingly different from all of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson”


An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson. By Andro Linklater. New York: Walker and Co., 2009. One of the nation’s hallmark beliefs, bequeathed to the citizens of the United States by the founders, is the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different”


Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. By Gordon S. Wood. New York: Penguin Press, 2006. This book is an engrossing account of the formation of the United States by one of the most sophisticated and celebrated historians of our … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Twentieth Century: A People’s History”


The Twentieth Century: A People’s History. By Howard Zinn. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. No historian of the United States has been more provocative than Howard Zinn (1922–2010), whose leftist philosophy permeated his writings and never failed to challenge his readers. … Continue reading

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Notes on a New Book: Jill Lepore’s Analysis of the Memory of the American Revolution


The Whites of their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History. By Jill Lepore. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. There is a war being waged over American history. Sorry if you weren’t aware of it, … Continue reading

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