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The Founders : The People Who Brought You a Nation
by Ray Raphael


Overview - Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, and Madison--together they are best known as an intimate cadre of daring, brilliant men credited with our nation's founding. But does this group tell the whole story? In his widely praised new history of the roots of American patriotism, celebrated author Ray Raphael expands the historical canvas to reveal an entire generation of patriots who pushed for independence, fought a war, and set the United States on its course--giving us "an evangelizing introduction to the American Revolution" ( Booklist ).  Read more...

 
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Overview
Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, and Madison--together they are best known as an intimate cadre of daring, brilliant men credited with our nation's founding. But does this group tell the whole story? In his widely praised new history of the roots of American patriotism, celebrated author Ray Raphael expands the historical canvas to reveal an entire generation of patriots who pushed for independence, fought a war, and set the United States on its course--giving us "an evangelizing introduction to the American Revolution" (Booklist).

Called "entertaining yet informative" by Library Journal, Founders brings to life seven historical figures whose stories anchor a sweeping yet intimate history of the Founding Era, from the beginnings of unrest in 1761 through the passage of the Bill of Rights thirty years later. Here we follow the intertwined lives of George Washington and a private soldier in his army. America's richest merchant, who rescued the nation from bankruptcy, goes head to head with a peripatetic revolutionary who incited rebellion in seven states. Rounding out the company is a richly nuanced cast that includes a common village blacksmith, a conservative slave owner with an abolitionist son, and Mercy Otis Warren, the most politically engaged woman of the time.

A master narrative with unprecedented historical scope, Founders will forever change our image of this most crucial moment in America's past.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781595583277
  • ISBN-10: 1595583270
  • Publisher: New Press
  • Publish Date: March 2009
  • Page Count: 594
  • Dimensions: 9.27 x 6.43 x 1.78 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.17 pounds


Related Categories

Books > History > United States - Revolutionary War
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
  • Review Date: 2009-03-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this brisk narrative survey, Raphael offers a history of the events between the outbreak of colonial protest in the 1760s and the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. He does so through the lives of seven people, some, like George Washington, justly celebrated, others obscure. All seven and many others come alive in their acts and words, their stories serving as the spine of the book. No one will come away without a better idea of how social class, ideas, careers, ambitions and plain luck interwove themselves into the revolution carried on by an entire people. Raphael also weaves his tale around such staple themes of American history as the growth of popular sovereignty and westward expansion. From the author of A People's History of the American Revolution, none of this is surprising, nor is the skill of his pen. The book adds nothing to what's already known, but it will delight readers and no doubt add to their knowledge through a tale rarely told so well. 27 b&w illus. (May)

 
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