What Would the Founders Do?

What Would the Founders Do?

Our Questons, Their Answers

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Baker & Taylor
Covering a range of issues, debates, and controversies, a distinguished author shares his reflections on the attitudes of the founding fathers--including Washington, Adams, Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, and Hamilton--on such topics as terrorism, women's rights, gun control, free trade, and gays in the military.

Perseus Publishing
A lively, timely, and surprising exploration of how America's Founding Fathers would handle the most controversial issues facing the nation today--from the acclaimed popular historian Richard Brookhiser.

Why do Americans care so much about the Founding Fathers? After all, the French don't ask themselves, "What would Napoleon do?" But Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams built our country, wrote our user's manuals--the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution--and ran the nation while it was still under warranty and could be returned to the manufacturer. If anyone knows how the U.S.A. should work, they did and they still do. Richard Brookhiser has been writing, talking, and thinking about the Founders for years. Now he channels them. What would Hamilton think about free trade? What would Franklin make of the national obsession with values? What would Washington say about gays in the military? Examining a host of issues from terrorism to women's rights to gun control, Brookhiser reveals why we still turn to the Founders in moments of struggle, farce, or disaster--just as Lincoln, FDR, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bill Clinton have done before us. Written with Brookhiser's trademark eloquence--and a good dose of wit--while drawing on his deep knowledge of American history, What Would the Founders Do? sheds new light on the disagreements and debates that have shaped our country from the beginning. Brookhiser challenges us to think and act with the clarity that the Founders brought to the task of making a democratic country. Now, more than ever, we need these creators of America--argumentative, expansive, funny know-it-alls--to help us solve the issues that threaten to divide us.


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& Taylor

Covers a range of issues, debates, and controversies, sharing reflections on the attitudes of the founding fathers--including Washington, Adams, Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, and Hamilton--on terrorism, women's rights, gun control, free trade, gays in the military, and other issues.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780465008193
0465008194
Branch Call Number: 973.931 Brookhiser 2006
Characteristics: ix, 261 pages ; 24 cm

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