The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It

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A revised edition of the clasic study of American politics from the Founding Fathers to FDR.

A revised edition of the classic study of American politics from the Founding Fathers to FDR.

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Overview

A revised edition of the clasic study of American politics from the Founding Fathers to FDR.

A revised edition of the classic study of American politics from the Founding Fathers to FDR.

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David Greenberg
...[N]ow celebrating its 50th year in pring. . .Like a robust octogenarian, the vigorous old book invites us to inquire of it the secrets of its longevity. . . .the book's continued popularity may be owing as much to its philosophy as to its literary charms or the singular historiographical niche it occupies. -- The Atlantic Monthly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679723158
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 236,834
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Founding Fathers: An Age of Realism

2. Thomas Jefferson: The Aristocrat as Democrat

3. Andrew Jackson and the Rise of Liberal Capitalism

4. John C. Calhoun: The Marx of the Master Class

5. Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth

6. Wendell Philiips: The Patrician as Agitator

7. The Spoilsmen: An Age of Cynicism

8. William Jennings Bryan: The Democrat as Revivalist

9. Theodore Roosevelt: The Conservative as Progressive

10. Woodrow Wilson: The Conservative as Liberal

11. Herbert Hoover and the Crisis of American Individualism

12. Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Patrician as Opportunist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2008

    A so-so read.

    My Advanced Placement United States History class has to read this book as part of the curriculum. While it is a good discussion piece there, I can¿t imagine talking about it anywhere other than in a classroom. Frankly, I found it to be quite boring. While APT did have its moments here and there, I (and a dozen other people in my class) was literally falling asleep on the pages. Moreover, Hofstadter seems particularly biased on everything he writes about. Although every book has at least some bias, even if only the smallest amount, I think Hofstadter went a little too personal with APT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2003

    Excellent articles, brilliant analysis

    Extremely well-written, APT is both engaging and informative. Profiles of the key personalities are linked to events as Hofstadter provides both anecdotal and general histories of the country's pivotal eras. Verily the best general US history book for scholars and history buffs alike, as well as a classic in its own right. A good review for the AP exam, as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    Great Reading

    My sixth grade teacher had us all read this excellent and informative work. The breadth and depth of the American experience is adequately covered here. There are a few drawbacks, notably Hofstander's literary bias on what the 'political tradition' of America is. Still, a great work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    Really enjoyed it...

    My 8th grade history teacher told me to read APT and I did over the summer... It has so much information that I will have to go back and read the whole book again (as well as take notes.) I have learned alot from the book and I believe it to be excellent and well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    The best book ever

    this book is very insightful about many opinions made during the American upbringing. As a sophomore in high school, my teacher made us ready many lengthy books like this from Boorstin and Beard. I think with this book you can present many essay debates and class discussions

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