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    • Empire of Liberty

    • A History of the Early Republic
    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 30 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 837
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 588
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 577

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent historical writing

    • By Joseph on 01-14-10

    Regular price: $39.99

    • Friends Divided

    • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: James Lurie
    • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner while Adams, the overachiever from New England's rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great Read

    • By Jean on 12-22-17

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787

    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Joel Richards
    • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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. 

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Revolutionary Characters

    • What Made the Founders Different
    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as informative as I'd hoped for

    • By A. Ware on 04-11-08

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
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      4 out of 5 stars 159
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      4 out of 5 stars 160

    Grand in scope, rigorous in its arguments, and elegantly synthesizing 30 years of scholarship, Gordon S. Wood's Pulitzer Prize–winning book analyzes the social, political, and economic consequences of 1776. In The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Wood depicts not just a break with England, but the rejection of an entire way of life: of a society with feudal dependencies, a politics of patronage, and a world view in which people were divided between the nobility and "the Herd."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A unique and relevant look at the founding

    • By Zachary on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The American Revolution

    • A History [Modern Library Chronicles]
    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
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      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The American Revolution signalled a great change in the course of world history and progress. From this colonial revolt sprouted ideals of liberty and democracy, and all the aspirations and ambitions of a new people. In this work, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood discusses the character and consequences of the revolution, grounding the events and ideas that shaped the American consciousness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The foremost scholar on the subject

    • By Robert on 08-20-05

    Regular price: $22.95

    • The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 117
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    Central to America's idea of itself is the character of Benjamin Franklin. We all know him, or think we do: In recent works and in our inherited conventional wisdom, he remains fixed in place as a genial polymath and self-improver who was so very American that he is known by us all as the first American.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My 3rd or 4th favorite history/biography book

    • By Tina on 12-31-11

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Idea of America

    • By: Gordon S Wood
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
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      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The preeminent historian of the American Revolution explains why it remains the most significant event in our history

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sophisticated analyses

    • By Roger on 01-25-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Purpose of the Past

    • Reflections on the Uses of History
    • By: Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    History is to society what memory is to the individual. Without it, we don't know who we are and we can't make wise decisions about our future. But while the nature of memory is constant, the nature of history has changed radically over the past 40 years. Historian Gordon Wood examines the sea change in his field through consideration of some of its most important historians and their works.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A measured take on history writing

    • By Eric on 05-23-08

    Regular price: $20.97