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Title: Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different
Author: Gordon S. Wood
Number of Pages: (336 pages)
Publication date: Thursday May 18, 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books
ASIN: B004IATDGA
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Book Review

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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