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Founding Fathers : The Fight for Freedom and the Birth of American Liberty
by K. M. Kostyal and Jack Rakove


Overview - Kostyal tells the story of the great American heroes who created the Declaration of Independence, fought the American Revolution, shaped the US Constitution--and changed the world. The era's dramatic events, from the riotous streets in Boston to the unlikely victory at Saratoga, are punctuated with lavishly illustrated biographies of the key founders--Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison--who shaped the very idea of America.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Kostyal tells the story of the great American heroes who created the Declaration of Independence, fought the American Revolution, shaped the US Constitution--and changed the world. The era's dramatic events, from the riotous streets in Boston to the unlikely victory at Saratoga, are punctuated with lavishly illustrated biographies of the key founders--Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison--who shaped the very idea of America. An introduction and ten expertly-rendered National Geographic maps round out this ideal gift for history buff and student alike. Filled with beautiful illustrations, maps, and inspired accounts from the men and women who made America, Founding Fathers brings the birth of the new nation to light.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781426211751
  • ISBN-10: 1426211759
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.65 pounds


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

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

National Geographic senior writer Kostyal (Great Migrations) traces the earliest days of the United States, from before the revolution through the adoption of the Constitution, in this basic, inclusive, and traditional telling of the political, military, and intellectual conditions that led to America’s independence. She takes readers through the events at Lexington and Concord, George Washington’s many difficulties, the important battles of the war, the pivotal courting of France as an ally, and the writing of the Constitution after the Revolution’s success. Inserted at appropriate places amid the chronological accounts are informative biographies of the major players—King George III, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and, of course, Washington—which humanize the revolution and offer insightful contextualization. Kostyal successfully ties together the disparate pieces of the revolution while clarifying the its causes, course, and outcome. Supporting Kostyal’s text are wonderful reproductions of colored pictures, maps, and famous letters and documents that bring to life the events of the revolution. The graphics are delightful and Kostyal’s work is perfect for families to study and read together. Color Illus. (Nov.)

 
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