Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

By: Rakove, Jack

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Inscribed by Author. Cover included. Book Condition- As new/ fine. Boards are red/brown split In Color with gold gilt Print on spine. Pages are clean and well kept. 1st edition. **ADDITIONAL SHIPPING MAY APPLY TO INTERNATIONAL ORDERS** **LARGER BOOKS MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING** About the book: 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. In this remarkable book, 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. They were ordinary men who became extraordinary -- a transformation that finally has the literary treatment it deserves. Spanning the two crucial decades of the country's birth, from 1773 to 1792, Revolutionaries uses little-known stories of these famous (and not so famous) men to capture -- in a way no single biography ever could -- the intensely creative period of the republic's founding. From the Boston Tea Party to the First Continental Congress, from Trenton to Valley Forge, from the ratification of the Constitution to the disputes that led to our two-party system, Rakove explores the competing views of politics, war, diplomacy, and society that shaped our nation. Thoughtful, clear-minded, and persuasive, Revolutionaries is a majestic blend of narrative and intellectual history, one of those rare books that makes us think afresh about how the country came to be, and why the idea of America endures.

Title: Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

Author Name: Rakove, Jack

Categories: History-General, History-American, ~Signed Books~,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Harcourt: 2010

ISBN Number: 0618267468

ISBN Number 13: 9780618267460

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Jacket Condition: Fine

Type: Book

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

lbs: 1.08 lbs

Seller ID: 003565

Keywords: American History.