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Empire of Liberty by Gordon S. Wood
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Mar 27, 10

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Read in February, 2010

Gordon Wood has been working on this book for over 20 years and it shows. The sheer amount of insight, analysis and historical detail is spectacular. Every paragraph has a point. Every word counts.

I went to a round-table discussion recently where ten judges and ten lawyers (I am one of the latter) met with Gordon Wood. Wood was down-to-earth and funny.

A judge asked Wood how he was able to accomplish writing such a prodigious book. It seemed impossible to do.

Wood's modest response. "Actually it was 100 pages longer but my editor made me reduce it so it could sell for $30.00."

I had Gordon Wood as a history teacher at Brown twenty plus years ago. In my opinion, it does not get better than Gordon Wood.


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