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Title:
America's founding fathers : their uncommon wisdom and wit
Author:
Adler, Bill, Jr., 1957-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xv, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
The Founding Fathers, a brief overview -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) -- George Washington (1732-1799) -- John Adams (1735-1826) -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) -- James Madison (1751-1836) -- Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) -- Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) -- Thomas Paine (1737-1809).
ISBN:
9780878332847
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Here are the personal philosophies, opinions, thoughts, witticism, and feelings of the upstanding and quintessential Americans who founded our nation. This book gathers together their best quotations on subjects including life, love, marriage, family, children, religion, patriotism, sacrifice, law, professionalism, medicine and more.


Author Notes

Bill Adler has been a writer and literary agent for more than thirty years. Four of his books have been on the New York Times best-seller list


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The selections in this ill-digested compendium are a haphazardly mixed bag. Ben Franklin is showcased with worldly aphorisms and his arguments, some tongue in cheek, for the turkey and rattlesnake as national symbols. John Adams mutters some dyspeptic aphorisms. George Washington dispenses stolid endorsements of virtue and religion, including not one but two long-winded Thanksgiving proclamations. Nearly half the book is given over to Jefferson's musings on the wisdom of the people and the evils of unfettered government, while Madison weighs in on the madness of the people and Hamilton extols the benefits of unfettered government. Enlightenment firebrand Tom Paine imprecates organized religion, and the randomly included Benjamin Rush offers a dubious prescription of bleeding and purging as a cure for yellow fever. Careful readers can discern the currents of political thought in the early Republic through this hodge-podge, but they will get little help from the slipshod editing. The contents are only sporadically organized by theme, and not at all by date. Most passages have no citations to guide readers to sources. There are few notes, so puzzling references go unexplained, and some of the selections are repeated, sometimes on the very same page. The sections on Madison and Hamilton seem to have been indiscriminately xeroxed from the Federalist Papers and include stray truisms like Hamilton's reminder, apropos of nothing, that "In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend." Readers in search of wit and wisdom will have to wade through a lot of banality and boilerplate first. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Founding Fathers--A Brief Overviewp. xi
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): Scientist, Diplomat, and Writerp. 1
George Washington (1732-1799): First President of the United Statesp. 27
John Adams (1735-1826): Second President of the United Statesp. 43
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826): Third President of the United Statesp. 53
James Madison (1751-1836): Fourth President of the United Statesp. 151
Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804): American Statesmanp. 181
Benjamin Rush (1745-1813): Physician, Professor, Author, Treasurer of the U.S. Mint, and Signator of the Declaration of Independencep. 201
Thomas Paine (1737-1809): Politician, Philosopher, and Authorp. 209
Indexp. 215