A Student of History

June 4, 2006

What Would the Founders Do? Part 2

Filed under: New books — John Maass @ 4:09 am

The publisher of R. Brookshiser's What Would the Founders Do? Our Questions, Their Answers just sent to me a copy of the book, presumably for me to both read and review on this site.  Hopefully I can get to it by August, as I am in the 1st ½ of Sean Wilentz's The Rise of American Democracy, and have 600 pages to go in that one.  A review of Brookshiser's book by Michael Lind appears here, and is favorable. He wraps up with this:

"With a rare union of wit and scholarship, What Would the Founders Do? presents history as a source of continuing debates, rather than as a set of answers."

We'll see……by the way the author will speak on June 5th at National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium of the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach in Philadelphia (215-409-6700).

What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers

3 Comments »

  1. Broohiser also appeared on C-SPAN recently. You can find the video for streaming here: http://www.booktv.org/AfterWords/archive_2006.asp

    It’s at the bottom of the page.

    Comment by Ajay Reddy — June 7, 2006 @ 5:27 am | Reply

  2. I guess I’ll add, though, that the interview isn’t that great. It seemed that instead of looking at various founders’ philosophies of government, he searched for problems they confronted that, in his eyes, parallel our own. For example, he says that the founders had to deal with rogue regimes (the Barbary States) and WMD (smallpox as a potential British weapon during the war).

    Comment by Ajay Reddy — June 7, 2006 @ 5:36 am | Reply

  3. I was afraid of that, Ajay. I am going to reserve a final opinion until I read the book, but it seems to me the whole premise is ahistorical.

    Comment by John Maass — June 7, 2006 @ 10:43 am | Reply


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