What distinguishing factors made the American Revolution the only enduring successful revolution? Myron Magnet’s lively biographies—spanning eighty years from the first seeds of revolution all the way to the firmly established new republic—question what kind of America the Founding Fathers sought to create. Mr. Magnet draws on the lives of Washington, Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, John Jay, the Lees of Stratford Hall, and others, and examines how these accomplished men united as one to achieve an historical feat.
More than almost any other nation in the world, the United States began as an idea. For this reason, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history. Professor Wood, in conversation with Richard Brookhiser, reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the Revolution remains so essential.
James Madison was one of the most influential and integral figures in American history: he collaborated on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, assembled one of the nation’s first political parties and took to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat. Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the “Father of the Constitution,” an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans’ fledgling liberty.