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The Quotable Founding Fathers: A Treasury of 2,500 Wise and Witty Quotations from the Men and Women Who Created AmericaThe Quotable Founding Fathers: A Treasury of 2,500 Wise and Witty Quotations from the Men and Women Who Created America

No group is quoted - and misquoted - more often than America's founders. When a political controversy heats up, speechwriters, politicians, reporters, editorial writers, and talking heads try to influence the debate by quoting their words. And teachers and politics buffs often look to their wit and wisdom to illuminate the issues. The Quotable Founding Fathers provides, in a single source, their every key quote. This book mines deep into essays, diaries, letters, speeches, and sermons to extract the nuggets that are significant to the history of the country-and to the ongoing debate about the meaning of democracy in America.

Franklin: The Essential Founding FatherFranklin: The Essential Founding Father

From Publishers Weekly
Seasoned journalist Srodes (Allen Dulles: Master of Spies) charts Benjamin Franklin's "evolution from striving craftsman to daring diplomat, spy, and national master builder" in an account that situates Franklin as the "essential American." While acknowledging that the successful businessman, scientist, philosopher and social activist had his share of critics during his lifetime and after (D.H. Lawrence, for example, pronounced him "a sexual monster"), Srodes tends to grant such claims little time. Franklin's "malleable" temperament and the many talents he developed over his long life suited him well for his role as a catalyst for progress, Srodes writes: to Franklin, "the idea, not the sponsor, should be the point."

When situating Franklin within the context of the conflicting public sentiments with which he had to deal New England and Virginian patriots, who disdained men from the middle colonies; William Penn's heirs, whom Franklin had to coax to share the cost of the French and Indian War; and the Quaker merchant elite, who considered Franklin's challenges to their ordered society dangerous Srodes approaches a more balanced portrait. Ultimately, the author contends, while other scientists and philosophers paralleled and even outdistanced Franklin, his greatest accomplishment was that he was the "ingredient that made change happen" and a man whose "best skills were to plot strategy in private and to write documents for public purposes." An extensive bibliography, some of it annotated, will assist interested readers in locating valuable primary and secondary sources for further study.
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Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations

Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern NationsIn Craig Nelson's Thomas Paine we now have a rich and vivid portrait that does justice to this towering figure of our history, one that brings him to life against the dramatic backdrop of the Revolutionary era and the heady intellectual exhilaration of the Age of Enlightenment. Nelson traces Paine's path from his years as a struggling London mechanic to his journey to seek his fortune in the New World (in which he arrived on a stretcher, after a nearly deadly bout of shipboard typhus); from his early career as a crusading pamphleteer to his emergence as the heroic voice of revolutionary fervor on two continents; from his miraculous escape from execution in Paris during The Terror to his final years in America, where the once-lionized  patriot spent his final days nearly impoverished and in the throes of dementia.
Throughout his insightful portrait Nelson takes full account of this paradoxical figure, whom some contemporaries judged as brilliant and charismatic and others disparaged as abrasive and egotistical,  a cherished patriot who was nonetheless dismissed by John Adams as a “disastrous meteor” and Teddy Roosevelt as a “dirty little atheist.”
The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding FatherThe Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton:
The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father

Scholars have long disagreed. Was Hamilton a closet monarchist or a sincere republican? A victim of partisan politics or one of its most active promoters? A lackey for British interests or a foreign policy mastermind? The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton addresses these and other perennial questions.

Leading Hamilton scholars, both historians and political scientists alike, present fresh evidence and new, sometimes competing, interpretations of the man, his thought, and the legacy he has had on America and the world.

John Jay: Founding FatherJohn Jay: Founding Father

The greatest founders--such as Washington and Jefferson--have kept even the greatest of the second tier of the nation's founding generation in the shadows. But now John Jay (1745-1829), arguably the most important of this second group, has found an admiring, skilled student in Stahr, an international lawyer in Washington. D.C. Since the last biography of Jay appeared 60 years ago, a mountain of new knowledge about the early nation has piled up, and Stahr uses it all with confidence and critical detachment.

A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century

A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first CenturyIs American education preparing the future leaders our nation needs, or merely struggling to teach basic literacy and job skills?

Without leadership education, are we settling for an inadequate system that delivers educational, industrial, governmental and societal mediocrity?

In A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century, Oliver DeMille presents a new educational vision based on proven methods that really work!

Teachers, students, parents, educators, legislators, leaders and everyone who cares about America's future must read this compelling book.

John Adams: Creating a Nation
John Adams: Creating a Nation (America's Founding Fathers)
His Excellency: George WashingtonHis Excellency: George Washington

As commander of the Continental army, George Washington united the American colonies, defeated the British army, and became the world's most famous man. But how much do Americans really know about their first president? Today, as Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph J. Ellis says in this crackling biography,

Americans see their first president on dollar bills, quarters, and Mount Rushmore, but only as "an icon--distant, cold, intimidating." In truth, Washington was a deeply emotional man, but one who prized and practiced self-control (an attribute reinforced during his years on the battlefield).

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