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The Idea of America by Gordon S. Wood.. In these heady times of cutting down government and the people in it, maybe a refreshing look at our true nature and beginnings is in order. Reason, please!

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Wood challenges the popular view that the war for American independence was fought for practical and economic reasons, like unfair taxation. In this exceptional collection of essays (some previously published and others originating as lectures) he argues brilliantly to the contrary, that the Revolution was indeed fought over principles, such as liberty, republicanism, and equality."

Publishers Weekly

"Intellectually expansive and elegantly woven, Wood's writings are the closest thing we have to an elegant mediation between today's readers and the founding generation. Required reading for Revolutionary War enthusiasts on all levels."

Library Journal

Author bio: Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. He received his B.A. degree from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (385 pp. Sweeping: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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