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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
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Author: Joseph J. Ellis
"Ellis explains the personal, face-to-face nature of early American politics -- and notes that the members of the revolutionary generation were conscious of the fact that they were establishing precedents on which future generations would rely." (2000)
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John Adams
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Author: David McCullough
The runaway bestseller. "Here a preeminent master of narrative history takes on the most fascinating of our founders to create a benchmark for all Adams biographers. With a keen eye for telling detail and a master storyteller's instinct for human interest, McCullough resurrects the great Federalist (1735-1826)." --Publishers Weekly (May 2001)
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Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution
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Author: A.J. Langguth
"With meticulous research and page-turning suspense, 'Patriots' brings to life the American Revolution -- the battles, the treacheries, and the dynamic personalities of the men who forged our freedom. ... From the secret meetings of the Sons of Liberty to the final victory at Yorktown and the new Congress, 'Patriots' vividly re-creates one of history's great eras." (1989)
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The Wit and Wisdom of the Founding Fathers
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Author: Paul M. Zall
A book of great quotes from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. (1998)
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Notes on the State of Virginia
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Author: Thomas Jefferson; edited by William Peden
In addition to Jefferson's "Notes on the State of Virginia," this text also includes notes to help elucidate the issues at hand and fill in some historical details.
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To Serve and Collect: Chicago Politics and Police Corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal: 1855-1960
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Author: Richard Lindberg
City: Chicago, State: IL
From an Amazon reader: "I'm an avowed Chicago history buff and found references in this book that simply cannot be found anywhere else. The bibliography alone has led to me several other books on the topic, which is appreciated. Really brought the city to life, and made you want to search out the street corners in question." (1998)
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Common Sense (Penguin Classics Edition)
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Author: Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls," begins Thomas Paine's first Crisis paper, the impassioned pamphlet that helped ignite the American Revolution. Published in Philadelphia in January of 1776, Common Sense sold 150,000 copies almost immediately.
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The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic
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Author: Lance Banning
This book describes Madison as a passionate democrat who held strong reservations about federalism and government centralization, not as a dry political pragmatist. (1998)
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American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence
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Author: Pauline Maier
Maier's major contribution is her assertion that the Declaration grew more out of contemporary American experience than on European Enlightenment thought. (1997)
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Radicalism of the American Revolution
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Author: Gordon S. Wood
"Perhaps, as is often noted, the American Revolution was not as convulsive or transforming as its French and Russian counterparts. Wood's contention [is] that the Revolution was 'the most radical and far-reaching event in American history.'" --Kirkus Reviews (1991)
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