Idea of America Reflections on the Birth of the United States

ISBN-10: 0143121243
ISBN-13: 9780143121244
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Authors: Gordon S. Wood
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The preeminent historian of the Founding Era reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the American Revolution remains so essential.For Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood, the American Revolution is the most important event in our history, bar none. Since American identity is so fluid, we have had to continually return to our nation’s founding to understand who we are. In a series of illuminating essays, he explores the ideological origins of the Revolution—from Ancient Rome to the European Enlightenment—and the founders’ attempts to forge a democracy. He reflects on the origins of American exceptionalism, the radicalism and failed hopes of the founding generation, and the “terrifying gap” between us and the men who created the democratic state we take for granted. This is a profoundly revealing look at the event that forged the United States and its enduring power to define us.  

History professor and award-winning author Gordon S. Wood was born in Concord, Massachusetts on November 27, 1933. After graduating in 1955 from Tufts University he served in the US Air Force in Japan and earned his master's degree from Harvard University. In 1964, Wood earned his Ph. D. in history from Harvard, and he taught there, as well as at the College of William and Mary and the University of Michigan, before joining the Brown University faculty in 1969. Wood has published a number of articles and books, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. He has won many other awards in the past five decades from organizations such as the American Historical Association, the New York Historical Society, and the Fraunces Tavern Museum. Wood is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2014, his book, The American Revolution: A History, was on the New York Times bestseller list.

Introduction
The American Revolution
Rhetoric and Reality in the American Revolution
The Legacy of Rome in the American Revolution
Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style: Causality and Deceit in the Eighteenth Century
The Making of the Constitution and American Democracy
Interests and Disinterestedness in the Making of the Constitution
The Origins of American Constitutionalism
The Making of American Democracy
The Radicalism of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine Considered
The Early Republic
Monarchism and Republicanism in Early America
Illusions of Power in the Awkward Era of Federalism
The American Enlightenment
A History of Rights in Early America
Conclusion: The American Revolutionary Tradition, or Why America Wants to Spread Democracy Around the World
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Credits

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