The Idea of America by Gordon S. Wood audiobook

The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States

By Gordon S. Wood
Read by Robert Fass

Penguin Audio, Blackstone Publishing 9780142429396
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The preeminent historian of the Founding Era reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the American Revolution remains so essential. For Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Gordon S. Wood, the American Revolution is the most important event in our history, bar none. Since American identity is so fluid, we have had to continually return to our nation's founding to understand who we are. In a series of illuminating essays, he explores the ideological origins of the Revolution—from ancient Rome to the Enlightenment—and the founders' attempts to forge a democracy. He reflects on the origins of American exceptionalism, the radicalism and failed hopes of the founding generation, and the "terrifying gap" between us and the men who created the democratic state we take for granted. This is a profoundly revealing look at the event that forged the United States and its enduring power to define us. 

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The preeminent historian of the Founding Era reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the American Revolution remains so essential.

For Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Gordon S. Wood, the American Revolution is the most important event in our history, bar none. Since American identity is so fluid, we have had to continually return to our nation's founding to understand who we are. In a series of illuminating essays, he explores the ideological origins of the Revolution—from ancient Rome to the Enlightenment—and the founders' attempts to forge a democracy. He reflects on the origins of American exceptionalism, the radicalism and failed hopes of the founding generation, and the "terrifying gap" between us and the men who created the democratic state we take for granted.

This is a profoundly revealing look at the event that forged the United States and its enduring power to define us. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

It’s difficult to conjure another writer so at home in the period, so prepared to translate its brilliant strangeness for a modern audience. Sound, agenda-free analysis, gracefully presented. Kirkus Reviews
Intellectually expansive and elegantly woven, Wood’s writings are the closest thing we have to an elegant mediation between today’s readers and the founding generation. Required reading for Revolutionary War enthusiasts on all levels. Library Journal
[A] collection of nuanced, elegant essays. It’s hard to imagine a historian better trained to write on this subject. American Heritage
Cogent, beautifully written essays... A superb collection. Booklist (starred review)
Exceptional... a remarkable study of the key chapter of American history and its ongoing influence on American character. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Gordon S. Wood is more than an American historian. He is almost an American institution. Wood has done more than anyone to make the era of the Revolution and early Republic into one of the liveliest periods in American history. The New York Times Book Review
When Gordon Wood says anything about America, people listen. Especially when he talks about the lessons of history, as he has for more than half a century now. Providence Journal
Mr. Wood is the premier student of the Founding Era. Wall Street Journal

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Author Bio: Gordon S. Wood

Author Bio: Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history 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. Wood contributes regularly to the New Republic and the New York Review of Books.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 12.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English