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“A compelling argument for a new appreciation of America’s founding conservatives. Lefer shows how these men, far from obstructing change or opposing the Revolution, sought to channel and direct our nation’s development so it could succeed for centuries to come. This book reminds us that conservatives have never been the ‘party of no’ but rather the voice of reason and an idealism tempered by the practical.”
—LARRY SCHWEIKART, coauthor of A Patriot’s History of the Modern World, vols. 1 and 2
Posted June 22, 2013
This is history at its best. With great insight, David Lefer brings to life what he calls the "unsung heroes" of the American Revolution, their political philosophy and personalities. These are the men who are almost footnotes in other histories -- John Dickinson, Silas Deane, Robert Morris, Gouverneur Morris, Philip Schuyler, John and Edward Rutledge, James Wilson and others -- names from American History classes but about whom we never knew much. There is so much in this book -- uniquely American development of conservatism and capitalism, the disagreements, the uncertainty, and sometimes the violence, etc. The combination of Lefer's thorough research, deep insights and lively writing (some have called it elegant) makes this an informative and fun book to read.
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Posted February 8, 2014
This is an aspect of the American revolution that I didn't know about, and wasn't even aware of in the slightest. However, I now feel like a gap in my knowledge has been filled. Lefer's prose is precise, provocative and pointed, and humorous at the right times. A must read for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the roots of the USA.
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Posted October 13, 2013
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