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Kathy

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  • Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Gordon Wood's wondrous accomplishment here is to bring these men and their times down to earth and within our reach, showing us just who they were and what drove them. In so doing, he shows us that although a lot has changed in two hundred years, to an amazing degree the virtues these founders defined for themselves are the virtues we aspire to still.

    A. Ware says: "Not as informative as I'd hoped for"
    "Typical academic"
    Overall

    Gordon Wood is your typical liberal "founding fathers were not what you think they were" academic writer. While he is not as vitriolic as some, he is determined for us to see the founding fathers as aristocrats more self-serving and conniving than patriotic and noble. But I admit, I keep reading him. He is interesting and knowledgeable about important aspects of American history. For a more balanced and reflective interpretation of the founding fathers, I must recommend Joseph Ellis. I trust him more, but I do admit I can not ignore Wood's work.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful

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