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Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood
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Nov 20, 2009

bookshelves: history, us-history, borrow-from-library

Only got halfway through before I had to return book to library. What I've learned so far:

* If someone says they want to return to the ways of the founding fathers, ask which one(s).

* Most complaints people make about government and politics today were being made more or less from the time the Articles of Confederation took effect.

* Many of the complaints about social groups were being made too, especially those about an educated elite, businessmen, and ordinary folks who insists on a seat at the government table.

The book is well written and easy to read - but it is long (and very heavy...), and you're likely to stop and think a bit about what you've read, so it's probably not a quick read.
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