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The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817

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Why the American Revolution, of all the great revolutions, was the only enduring success.

Through the Founders' own voices--and in the homes they designed and built to embody the ideal of domestic happiness they fought to achieve--we come to understand why the American Revolution, of all great revolutions, was the only enduring success.

The Founders were vivid, energetic men
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Sarah Beth
Dec 27, 2014 Sarah Beth rated it really liked it
This work of non-fiction provides a brief biographical overview of several of the founding fathers of America including William Livingstone, the Lee family, George Washington, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. This book did an excellent job of giving a fairly in-depth biography of each man and family, as well as their political contributions. Additionally, (although somewhat overstated in the title and summary) the book gives an overview of the family home of eac ...more
Peter T. Tomaras
Dec 26, 2013 Peter T. Tomaras rated it really liked it
I love bio-histories from the founding of this nation, and this book adds a great deal of insight into the personalities, convictions, contributions, and home lives of some of our greatest men. I now know much more about Washington...how he merited the "first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen" description. A truly amazing man, perhaps truly the "father of our country." The other men about whom I was very pleased to learn more were John Jay and Hamilton. Jay set the ba ...more
Larry
Jul 16, 2015 Larry rated it really liked it
Dr. Al Mohler gave us this book as a gift after visiting us in our 1843 home in Lexington, Kentucky. His teaser was that the book would help us learn how to talk about our house. Indeed, the book has an interesting hook. An intimate look at the architects of our nation, "The Founders at Home" observes how much we can learn about these nation builders from the homes they built. While it delivers on that proposition, the book goes way beyond the connection between architecture and the founders. It ...more
David Brown
Aug 26, 2014 David Brown rated it really liked it
At first glance this looks like it will be about the homes of the founders and it does include photos and information about the residences, but there is much more. There is a lot of American history that is presented with personal viewpoints. For example, when Washington was shown a broadside critical of him, he exploded. He "got into one of those passions where he cannot command himself," Jefferson recorded; "...that by God he had rather be in his grave than in his present situation; that he h ...more
Vjachimowicz
Feb 18, 2014 Vjachimowicz rated it really liked it
DH gave me this book for Christmas because he knows I am a Founding Fathers junkie. The book presents biographical sketches of many of the key actors, and ties their lives back to their homes, which was an interesting approach. There wasn't much new here from a biography perspective but I enjoyed the tie to the architecture. I also appreciated the author's enthusiasm for visiting those homes; it was clear that he felt closer to the people he was writing about as a result of seeing where they liv ...more
Dan
Jan 02, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
Explores some of the thinking behind the nations founding through the lens of their homes and families. Interesting read though unnecessarily wordy at times.
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Myron Magnet, editor-at-large of City Journal, is the author of The Dream and the Nightmare and Dickens and the Social Order. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2008. He lives in New York City.
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