Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Bernard Bailyn brings us a book that combines portraits of American revolutionaries with a deft exploration of the ideas that moved them and still shape our society today.
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"An extraordinarily lucid and informative representation of the revolutionary age."
--The Chicago Tribune
This book of essays comprises nine previously published articles on the American Revolution and an unpublished paper on the Constitution. Restating his well-known consensus thesis, Bailyn contends that an American people, united by a democratic, individualistic spirit, inevitably separated from the centralized authority of the British king and, refining their ideology, created a national government which safeguarded personal liberty. Though sometimes providing a compelling explanation for the motivations of Revolutionary leaders, Bailyn generally offers a simplistic view which largely ignores the many complex, conflicting interests within and between the American elite and the general populace. He adds little to his Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (LJ 4/15/67). Recommended for historiographical purposes. History Book Club alternate; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/90.
- David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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Descripción Knopf, 1990. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX039449895X
Descripción Knopf, 1990. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11039449895X
Descripción Knopf, 1990. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 039449895X