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Founding Fathers: The Fight for Freedom and the Birth of American Liberty
     

Founding Fathers: The Fight for Freedom and the Birth of American Liberty

by K. M. Kostyal, Jack Rakove (Foreword by)
 

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Kostyal tells the story of the great American heroes who created the Declaration of Independence, fought the American Revolution, shaped the US Constitution—and changed the world. The era's dramatic events, from the riotous streets in Boston to the unlikely victory at Saratoga, are punctuated with lavishly illustrated biographies of the key

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Kostyal tells the story of the great American heroes who created the Declaration of Independence, fought the American Revolution, shaped the US Constitution—and changed the world. The era's dramatic events, from the riotous streets in Boston to the unlikely victory at Saratoga, are punctuated with lavishly illustrated biographies of the key founders—Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison—who shaped the very idea of America. An introduction and ten expertly-rendered National Geographic maps round out this ideal gift for history buff and student alike. Filled with beautiful illustrations, maps, and inspired accounts from the men and women who made America, Founding Fathers brings the birth of the new nation to light.

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Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
National Geographic senior writer Kostyal (Great Migrations) traces the earliest days of the United States, from before the revolution through the adoption of the Constitution, in this basic, inclusive, and traditional telling of the political, military, and intellectual conditions that led to America’s independence. She takes readers through the events at Lexington and Concord, George Washington’s many difficulties, the important battles of the war, the pivotal courting of France as an ally, and the writing of the Constitution after the Revolution’s success. Inserted at appropriate places amid the chronological accounts are informative biographies of the major players—King George III, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and, of course, Washington—which humanize the revolution and offer insightful contextualization. Kostyal successfully ties together the disparate pieces of the revolution while clarifying the its causes, course, and outcome. Supporting Kostyal’s text are wonderful reproductions of colored pictures, maps, and famous letters and documents that bring to life the events of the revolution. The graphics are delightful and Kostyal’s work is perfect for families to study and read together. Color Illus. (Nov.)
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"Kostyal successfully ties together the disparate pieces of the revolution while clarifying the its causes, course, and outcome. Supporting Kostyal’s text are wonderful reproductions of colored pictures, maps, and famous letters and documents that bring to life the events of the revolution." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426211751
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
674,545
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

K. M. KOSTYAL is a longtime writer for National Geographic. She has authored books on a wide range of subjects, including war heroes and child survivors of war. The author of Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era, a former senior editor at National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Books, and a contributor to National Geographic Traveler, Kostyal is the recipient of two Lowell Thomas Awards.

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