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In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence - yet how many of them do we actually remember? Signing Their Lives Away introduces listeners to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document - and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers. Signer George Wythe was poisoned by his nephew; Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Adams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer. Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.

©2009 Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Engaging. Liked the format

Each section was about one of the Founders as a sort of stand alone bio. That helped in understanding the relationships between the Founders as each viewed the others. There were so many that I knew nothing about. I'd recommend this for students, as history is driven by people.

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Mediocre and a bit snarky.

A bit too dismissive of the character and commitment of an extraordinary collection of talented and capable men who put it all on the line.

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