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Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood.. If history may sometimes rhyme, as Twain said, it can be good to revisit the early verses. Wood’s work here is deep, scholarly, and mercifully free of cant. Lively and  lifelike storytelling.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"A bold, intelligent, and thoroughly engaging interpretation of the period from the birth of the republic to the emergence of a mass democratic society in the early part of the 19th century... Gordon Wood has written an immensely important book that deserves a wide readership among scholars and anyone interested in American history. The book will certainly influence how future historians write about the triumphs and tragedies of the early republic.."

The Providence Journal-Bulletin

"An important book that needs to be read. Take the time.."

Washington Times

Author bio: Gordon 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. He is the author of the Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (2004) was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club in 2005. Professor Wood reviews in the New York Review of Books and The New Republc. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; 778 pp. Thorough, authoritative: Kindle/Print editions

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