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This would be a recommended book for a serious student of American history and also for the casual and interested student as well.
The title, Empire of Liberty, was Jefferson's phrase describing the United States, and early Republican ideals are a central theme to this book.
Unlike so may other historical books, this one flows very well and Wood writes like a writer not a history professor trying to impress his dean.
Rewarding to finally understand Jeffersonian thoughts that shapes the country even today. (Oh and how it gives rise to Jacksonian ones and synthesizing to later sensibilities. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gordon Wood brings hundreds of facts to his readers in a very structured style of writing. I enjoyed this book and can highly recommend it.Published 19 days ago by Robert Davis
It provides a unique perspective about the birth and early days of our country that you won't find in any biography of the founding fathers.Published 1 month ago by Jim Olson
The United States of America had a lot to do after the Revolutionary War. Constructs of the founding members were untested and idealistic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is my first Gordon Wood history book but certainly not my last. I am not an academic historian, but just someone who enjoys reading well written and original books about... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Huston
This is a wonderful book on the early years of our country. It begins just after the Revolution and ends right after the War of 1812. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristi Richardson
Read 3 other books in this series. Maybe it is the time period, but this author is author is so dry, and the topic so darn boring that I am just not getting through this one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One can learn much about the period in time be it religion, economics, expansion west, war of 1812 and of course the political (Republicans and Federalists) history including the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jerome Alpin