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.