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This classic work explains the evolution of American political thought from the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the Constitution. In so doing, it greatly illuminates the origins of the present American political system.

©1998 The University of North Carolina Press (P)2018 Tantor

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This Audible book is NOT for a popular audience!

I have read or listened to many of Professor Gordon Wood's many books about early America. They have have, almost without exception, been very enjoyable, and I have learned a great deal from them. (One of my interests in retirement is reading history books written for a popular audience not for specialists, grad students, scholars, et.al.) Alas, THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC 1776-1787, is definitely not written for a popular audience. It is really intended for history graduate students, legal scholars, history professors, et.al.

It really pains me to offer a negative evaluation of this book as I so admire Dr. Wood. I guess the fault was my own for not investigating the book more thoroughly before purchasing it.

I can strongly endorse his books written for folks like me who want to know the history but not all the minutiae, complicated ideas, etc. Books such as THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, REVOLUTIONARY CHARACTERS,THE RADICALISM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, and EMPIRE OF LIBERTY are just terrific reads, and I can endorse them unequivocally.

THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC 1776-1787 is just far too complicated for me. Listener beware!

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