Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Founders

In this President's Day season, as on the 4th of July, I often reflect on the amazing institution the Founders of the United States were create against rather long odds. We are in the midst of of a great revival in interest in the Founders, as exemplified by a number of excellent books (mostly biographies) that have come to light in recent years. Some of my favorites include:

David McCullough's biography of John Adams, which won the Pulitzer Prize in biography in 2001, rescued the reputation of the most obscure of the Founders and vividly illustrated the remarkable career of a long-lived man (Adams died at age 90) and his equally talented family.

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