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What did you love best about The Founding Fathers?
If you liked Founding Brothers by Ellis, or maybe 1776 by McCullough, this provides more background into the cast of characters without being a 200-hour commitment. There's enough humanity to keep things interesting to anyone who wants to know more while remaining, under Schlesinger's name, Real History. At not quite twenty-three hours, it moves along at a fairly good clip.
As a work of Real History, it works to steer clear of the modern inclination towards the "WWGWD" (what would George Washington do?) political commentaries disguised as histories, largely by having a different biographer for of each of these men (and having none of them Glenn Beck clones). While none of the biographies are going to be called "the definitive work" on their respective topics, they provide a nice history aimed at the many of us in between high-interest stuff like Founding Brothers and the hardcover biographies most often given as gifts and used only as bookshelf decorations.
What other book might you compare The Founding Fathers to and why?
Isaacson's biography of Benjamin Franklin comes to mind, though the unabridged version is actually longer than these four biographies combined.....as the biographies are relatively short, you shouldn't expect the kind of in-depth detail found in a stand-alone single biography.
What about the narrator???s performance did you like?
While not dry and dusty, appropriately professorial for the subject matter.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Uhh....it's not really that kind of book.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I really liked this listen and it was good but I have to admit much of the subject matter was on material that I've heard before.
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