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Revolutionaries : a new history of the invention of America

Author: Jack N Rakove
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack N Rakove
ISBN: 9780618267460 0618267468
OCLC Number: 456170163
Description: 487 p. ; 24 cm
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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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.

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