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The gifted Wood offers a fresh take on the formative years of the United States, explaining the astonishing transformation of disparate, quarreling colonies into a bustling, unruly republic of egalitarian-minded citizens.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Historians have always had problems explaining the revolutionary character of the American Revolution: its lack of class conflict, a reign of terror, and indiscriminate violence make it seem positively sedate. In this beautifully written and persuasively argued book, one of the most noted of U.S. historians restores the radicalism to what he terms "one of the greatest revolutions the world has ever known." It was the American Revolution, Wood argues, that unleashed the social forces that transformed American society in the years between 1760 and 1820. The change from a deferential, monarchical, ordered, and static society to a liberal, democratic, and commercial one was astonishing, all the more so because it took place without industrialization, urbanization, or the revolution in transportation. It was a revolution of the mind, in which the concept of equality, democracy, and private interest grasped by hundreds of thousands of Americans transformed a country nearly overnight. Exciting, compelling, and sure to provoke controversy, the book will be discussed for years to come. History Book Club main selection.
- David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
THIS BOOK WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT> It used mostly secondary sources, which were eclectically selected, and ignored all of the secondary literature about women in the Revolution,... Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Paerau McQuark
The Radicalism of the American Revolution written by Gordon S. Wood is a powerful book that explains how a revolution transformed Colonial American society and events leading upto... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002 by Khemprof
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Gordon S. Wood - refuting earlier historiographies - argues that the American Revolution represented a truly radical movement. Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by Z. Weir
Anyone sitting down to read this book should know that Gordon Wood is a socialist historian who views events through the lense of class conflict. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2002
Since its publication in the early 1990s, this text by Gordon Wood has faced mix reviews. Some are overly positive, some deceptively negative. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2001 by Art History Professor
Wood in this book set forth a new and fresh view of the American Revolution. He in no unsimple terms challenges American's View of the Founding Fathers. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001
Radical speech and radical action are two different things. This book focuses on the radical speech and proposals of the revolutionary leaders, but doesn't show the inconsistency... Read morePublished on July 26 2001