The Radicalism of the American Revolution

  • by Gordon S. Wood
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 19 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, History, 1993
Grand in scope, rigorous in its arguments, and elegantly synthesizing 30 years of scholarship, Gordon S. Wood's Pulitzer Prize-winning book analyzes the social, political, and economic consequences of 1776. In The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Wood depicts not just a break with England, but the rejection of an entire way of life: of a society with feudal dependencies, a politics of patronage, and a world view in which people were divided between the nobility and "the Herd." He shows how the theories of the country's founders became realities that sometimes baffled and disappointed them. Above all, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Wood rescues the revolution from abstraction, allowing readers to see it with a true sense of its drama---and not a little awe.

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What the Critics Say

"The most important study of the American Revolution to appear in over twenty years...a landmark book." (Pauline Maier, The New York Times Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

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Fascinating cultural study

Would you listen to The Radicalism of the American Revolution again? Why?

Probably would not listen again, it was quite heavy and chock full of facts (which is also a strength)


Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure this question applies, it's a non-fiction book - but I'm going to say Alexander Hamilton


Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favourite?

see above


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The redcoats were ... Actually Very Bad


Any additional comments?

This is a really amazing, in-depth book that will help you understand both Britain and America better.

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- Sakunthala Panditharatne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio