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Rakove, Jack N., 1947-
Revolutionaries : a new history of the invention of America / Jack Rakove
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E208 .R167 2010    DUE 09-15-14
Subject United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
Subject(s) Revolutionaries -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Statesmen -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Subject United States -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
Physical Description 487 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [447]-464) and index
Summary In this remarkable book, the historian Jack Rakove 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. Rakove shakes off accepted notions of these men as godlike visionaries, focusing instead on the evolution of their ideas and the crystallizing of their purpose. In Revolutionaries, we see the founders before they were fully formed leaders, as individuals whose lives were radically altered by the explosive events of the mid-1770s. --from publisher description
Contents Prologue : the world beyond Worcester -- Advocates for the cause -- The revolt of the moderates -- The character of a general -- The first constitution makers -- Vain liberators -- The diplomats -- The optimist abroad -- The greatest lawgiver of modernity -- The state builder

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