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Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America
 
 
Author
Jack Rakove.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780547521879
Pages/Publication Date 487/2011
Daedalus Item Code 14161
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In the early 1770s, the men who invented America were living quiet, provincial lives in the rustic backwaters of the New World, devoted primarily to family, craft, and the private pursuit of wealth and happiness. None set out to become "revolutionary" by ambition, but when events in Boston escalated, they found themselves thrust into a crisis that moved, in a matter of months, from protest to war. This history from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers—how Washington became a strategist, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, Madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker.

"In Revolutionaries, Jack Rakove delivers what he promises: a 'new history of the invention of America.' Under his deft touch, historical subjects come alive in a series of richly drawn portraits.... This book marks a milestone in the study of America's revolutionary period. It should not be missed."—Annette Gordon-Reed

"Refreshingly accessible and deeply informed ... a richly detailed, heavily documented, but eminently readable account of the men who led the Revolution, wrote the Constitution and persuaded the citizens of the 13 original states to adopt it.... Rakove manages to demystify the leaders of the Revolutionary era even while clarifying the terms on which they continue to deserve our admiration."—SFChronicle

 
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