Category: The Founding

The history of the Founding of the United States should hold a special place in the heart of a US President, if he is dedicated to preserving the good which this country has produced in the world. A thorough study of the Founding can clarify the meaning of our laws, the Constitution, the reasons why our government is structured the way it is, and the purpose of the President’s office. An ignorance of the Founding of this country would put our President in the position of trying to reinvent the wheel that has served us so well to this point.

  1. John Adams by David McCullough

    Overview (from Amazon.com) In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose … Continue reading

  2. James Madison: The Founding Father by Robert Allen Rutland

    General Description In this very human portrait of Madison and his role in the early, problem-fraught years of the new republic, University of Virginia professor Rutland, editor of the Madison Papers, not ony depicts him as a fervent patriot, combining … Continue reading

  3. Common Sense by Thomas Paine

    General Description “Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously on January 9, 1776, during the American Revolution. Paine wrote it with editorial feedback from Benjamin Rush, who came up with the title. The … Continue reading

  4. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

    General Description (from Amazon.com) In retrospect, it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable. But was it? In Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis reveals that many of those truths we hold to be self-evident were actually fiercely contested in … Continue reading

  5. The American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

    General Description (from Amazon.com) Gordon S. Wood’s The American Revolution, part of the Modern Library Chronicles series, is an erudite, concise summary of the events and circumstances surrounding the seminal conflict, both physical and philosophical, in American history. The Modern … Continue reading

  6. American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis

    General Description (From Bookmarks Magazine) Reviewers embraced American Creation for the same reason they enjoyed Ellis’s previous books: his treatment of the Founding Fathers is neither idolatrous nor iconoclastic. He portrays them as the fascinating, complex, and human characters they … Continue reading