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Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin (Lives of the Founders) Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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"WARNING: This book contains ideas that will not sit well with what you learned in high school 'social studies' classes. Constitutionolatry and the received wisdom of the nature and purpose of the American State emerge from these pages battered and limping. Reading this book may result in changes in your thinking."
All right. I made that up. My copy did not include that warning, but perhaps it should have. Readers unfamiliar with either the author or the suppressed history of the Founding -- specifically the extent to which the adoption of the Constitution was the defeat of, not a victory for, the principles of the American Revolution -- are in for a shock when they read this book. Not to sound conspiratorial, but how else can you describe the systematic erasing, not only of men like Luther Martin but more fundamentally of the ideas they stood for, from our collective understanding of our national story? Victors' History is one thing; history meant to reinforce our own submission to the central government is something very different.
There's an awful lot packed into book that's disguised as one more brief biography of yet another American Founding Father. What tears away the disguise is, for one thing, the fact that almost nobody has ever heard of Luther Martin. The more fundamental "tell," however, is the author's name on the front cover, and anyone who's read any Bill Kauffman knows they're in for a treat.Read more ›
Highly recommended if you're looking for solutions to our current situation as a nation. Well done, Mr. Kaufmann.
So, here's our founding Libertarian, incorrectly tagged an Anti-Federalist, and what an enormous character he was! As one of our foremost scholars of constitutional law, Martin was blessed with a scathing intellect and no discretion whatsoever. He set loose on the Constitutional Convention with little respect for the prevailing backsliding of his peers. Martin comes across these days as a drunken radical who offered little to the Convention beyond passionate, alcohol-soaked rhetoric that irritated his more refined colleagues.Read more ›
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Bill Kauffman has written an entertaining book about a Founder that has unfortunately been ignored by history. I had to keep a dictionary handy as Mr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paulicus Maximus
Interesting to see what a Rand Paul type thinks about the years of our founding. Good thing Martin et al didn't win or we'd be like South America. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Fischer
Martin Luther may have been a weak and difficult man (read "simply human"), but he was also prescient in the dangers of the consolidation of power. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Indigenous
This great legal mind was a founding father of state's rights. He was a defense lawyer of the highest degree of passion. This is a historical gem, so glad or was written. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Mimi Coffey
and maybe one or two more are well known. But there are many more very important founding fathers we need to remember. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by avidreader
Too many facts and not enough story. Poorly written from that standpoint. I could not finish it and kept falling asleep.Published on April 7, 2013 by Flamo
Although quirky and non-traditional I liked this biog of LM, written by an avowed fan of Anti-federalism, whose biases at times shine through the prose too brightly. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Historian
Mr. Kauffman's little book informs the people of what went wrong with this country. The Anti- Federalists were right, the constitution was dangerous and corruptable. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by CSArock