The Idea of America
Reflections on the Birth of the United States
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|Format:||Paperback, 385 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 June 2012|
Because the U.S. began as an idea, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history. Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution's attempts at an American democracy and origins of American exceptionalism.
About the Author
Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University. His 1969 book, "The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787," received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 book, "The Radicalism of the American Revolution," won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. His 2009 book, "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," won the New-York Historical Society Prize in American History. In 2011 Wood was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Wood contributes regularly to the "New"" Republic"""and the "New York Review of Books."
"Mr. Wood is our premier student of the Founding Era. He has been writing history for about a half-century, roughly a fifth of the days since the origin of the republic. He has scrupulously avoided appropriating his subject for modern-day political purposes and instead tried to understand it on its own terms and as a whole. Historians will of course bring to their study certain questions and concerns of their own time--no one can or should avoid this--but the greatest historians are those, like Mr. Wood, who do not make our criteria of importance the main theme. ...It is Mr. Wood's most 'personal' work, providing us, along with much fine history, glimpses into the thinker and the man."--The Wall Street Journal
|Publisher: ||Penguin Books|
|Dimensions: ||21.08 x 13.72 x 2.54 centimeters (0.32 kg)|