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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
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
David Brown
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
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
Peter T. Tomaras
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
Mitchell Hailstone
Brilliant concept and execution.
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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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