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The Idea of America

Reflections on the Birth of the United States

The Idea of America( )
Author: Wood, Gordon S.
ISBN:978-1-61173-162-0
Publication Date:Aug 2011
Publisher:Center Point Large Print
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $34.95
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Reflections on the Birth of the United States

Because the U.S. began as an idea, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history, bar none. American identity is not based on any universally shared heritage, so we have had to return to our nation's founding to understand who we are.

Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution's attempts to forge an American democracy, and traces the...
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Wood, Gordon S. (Author)
History professor and award-winning author Gordon S. Wood was born in Concord, Massachusetts on November 27, 1933. After graduating in 1955 from Tufts University he served in the US Air Force in Japan and earned his master's degree from Harvard University. In 1964, Wood earned his Ph. D. in history from Harvard, and he taught there, as well as at the College of William and Mary and the University of Michigan, before joining the Brown University faculty in 1969.

Wood has published a number of articles and books, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. He has won many other awards in the past five decades from organizations such as the American Historical Association, the New York Historical Society, and the Fraunces Tavern Museum. Wood is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2014, his book, The American Revolution: A History, was on the New York Times bestseller list.

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