A Student of History

June 27, 2006

What Would the Founders Do? yet again…

Filed under: New books — John Maass @ 5:08 am

The National Review has a 6/19/06 review of What Would the Founders Do? by R. Brookshiser.  Maybe this is somewhat incestuous given Brookshiser’s relationship with NR, but if one wants to read the review, its here. Richard Brookhiser An excerpt:

What Would the Founders Do? is the first of Brookhiser’s books on the early republic in which he writes, not about a particular lawgiver, but about the group as a whole. An interesting feature of this exercise is a certain softening in the author’s attitude toward Thomas Jefferson. In his earlier books Brookhiser was always scrupulously fair to Tom, but there was an underlying unease. In Founding Father and Alexander Hamilton, Brookhiser exploded the myth that Federalism was the creed of Washington’s senility, the counterrevolutionary philosophy of a rebel in his dotage; TJ inevitably played the part of foil. In the new book, Jefferson emerges as one of the revolutionary worthies, and although Brookhiser has by no means dispensed with his doubts, he gives the man his due.

He wrote the biographies Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996) and Alexander Hamilton, American (1999). His most recent book is The First Dynasty: The Adamses 1735-1918 (2002).  My previous post on the book is here.  For a blog @ this book, see here.

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