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Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gordon S. Wood

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2006

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, ?What made these men great???and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter. The life of each?Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Madison, Paine?is presented individually as well as collectively, but the thread that binds these portraits together is the idea of character as a lived reality. They were members of the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made?men who understood that the arc of lives, as of nations, is one of moral progress.


  • Jared J.

    well written, and very informative. This is not a book for bigginers. Although it does not go to in depth with the lives of the founding fathers, it does give a great overveiw of each individual political ideas and contributions. Some prerequisite political knowledge of the revolutionary era is required for this read however, it is not difficult to follow.

  • Anonymous

    Uneven quality. There are some startling insights - some rabid vendettas - and some dense political theorizing. This author was unnecessarily hateful toward Thomas Jefferson. I would, however, suggest that the selection is worth listening to and forming your own opinion.

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