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The Founding Conservatives: How a Group of Unsung Heroes Saved the American Revolution

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The untold story of a small group of founders who prevented radicalism at the dawn of the republicA nation at war. A real estate crash and financial meltdown. Bitter partisan disputes over taxation, the distribution of wealth, and the role of banks and corporations in society. Welcome to the world of the founding fathers.According to most narratives of the American Revolut...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 13th 2013 by Sentinel HC
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Steven Peterson
This book addresses a fascinating subject--the differing perspectives of the Founding generation associated with the runup to the Revolutionary War and the war's aftermath. There were a variety of positions among that generation. This book focuses on one group, what the author calls "the founding conservatives." These conservatives were not what we refer to as conservatives in the USA today.

One important point is noted by the author, David Lefer, is the relationship between the thoughts of Ameri...more
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So, I didn't finish this book. It was pretty-well written, but it was too long for me. Nonetheless, I think I got the gist of how the founding conservatives, lead by John Dickinson (according to the author), "saved the American Revolution". There were also juicy facts that I couldn't help not to note.

BTW, this book was written by a self-proclaimed Democrat who thought that the book would annoy all people on the political spectrum.

Basically, the founding conservatives were sav...more
The whole story of the conservatives and the radicals before, during, and after the American Revolution is 1000x more interesting than high school history class had me believe.
Susan Ferguson
Terrific book. I've highlighted bunches of stuff in it.

It tells the story of the conservatives at the time of the revolution, who wanted independence but were not willing to toss everything they knew and had to get it. They were quite willing to fight for it and most of them did. These conservatives kept the American Revolution from turning into a revolution in the style of the French revolution years later. Several times their hold on the government slipped and the specter of overthrow and deat...more
Adam Carman
This book is an excellent corrective to the politically correct romance of the American Revolution spewing from Right and Left. To those who comfortably relate the tale of how our Founders would already be shooting, Lefer's book should teach that while some of the Founders may have reacted that way, it was the unsung moderates of the tale--men like John Dickinson, James Wilson, and Robert Morris who are often described in the polemics as pro-British--who helped ensure the American Revolution did...more
Riveting and Powerful!
This book is easy to read and is well written. David Lefer writes the book in a way that makes you ponder and dare to compare the patriots of our past to current day zealots. This book is written for both conservative and liberals because we all share one passion – this great country and wanting it to thrive! This is not a dry history book that merely recites facts; instead there is a rich story to be shared. You will learn a lot about our historical past as well as questi...more
Rick Rowland
Absolutely loved it. Filled with great stories, political and economic theory. Very little filler in here. Just read the book. You'll be glad you did.
Connie Farmer
Fascinating, well-researched and well-written history of some heroes of the American Revolution who have become lost or footnotes in the popular histories -- perhaps because none of them went on to become President. Well worth reading. After I'd finished the book, I actually missed living with these interesting characters who were so important to our nation's founding.
Patricrk patrick
Deals mostly with the politics and political theory during the American Revolution and the leading individuals from the "conservative" side. John Dickinson who wrote "Letters from a Farmer" one of the the most influential pamphlets before the revolution is a main character in the story. I never had pictured John Adams as a radical politician before!
Joseph Malatesta
This book was a joke. This study is a revisionist history that attempts to give credit where no credit is due. If conservatism had won out in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and during the war itself, we'd still be under the Crown's rule.
A very good book once I got into it. It gave me some new insights into the personalities and debates that shaped us as a nation.
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