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Gordon Wood's wondrous accomplishment here is to bring these men and their times down to earth and within our reach, showing us just who they were and what drove them. In so doing, he shows us that although a lot has changed in 200 years, to an amazing degree the virtues these founders defined for themselves are the virtues we aspire to still.
"The most respected among all scholars of the colonial and Revolutionary periods." (The Washington Post Book World)
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By A. Ware on 04-11-08
Not as informative as I'd hoped for
This was an interesting book, but not as many "new" things about the founding fathers as I'd hoped to hear.
And Scott Brick was not the best choice of narrator for this book. I usually enjoy his narrations, but he was a bit too low key and monotone for this type of book, and I found it hard to keep my attention on the content. A more animated read might have made this come alive a bit more.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Michael on 01-15-07
Wood clearly dislikes Adams
I had been really looking forward to this book. And I will admit right up front that I like John Adams so I might be letting that cloud my judgement, but Mr. Wood is clearly not very impressed with him and it shows. I have listened to and read a lot of books on the the revolutionary period and based on this book you get the impression that Adams should not even be called a founding father. I stopped listening after the Adams chapter since I could no longer trust what the author was saying. I am sorry I wasted a credit on this book.
30 of 47 people found this review helpful