ISBN: 0062997459
EAN13: 9780062997456
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 10, 2020
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1.29" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.43 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Ricks knocks it out of the park with this jewel of a book. On every page I learned something new. Read it every night if you want to restore your faith in our country. -- James Mattis, General, U.S. Marines (ret.) & 26th Secretary of Defense

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a revelatory new book about the founding fathers, examining their educations and, in particular, their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics--and how that influence would shape their ideals and the new American nation. On the morning after the 2016 presidential election, Thomas Ricks awoke with a few questions on his mind: What kind of nation did we now have? Is it what was designed or intended by the nation's founders? Trying to get as close to the source as he could, Ricks decided to go back and read the philosophy and literature that shaped the founders' thinking, and the letters they wrote to each other debating these crucial works--among them the Iliad, Plutarch's Lives, and the works of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero. For though much attention has been paid the influence of English political philosophers, like John Locke, closer to their own era, the founders were far more immersed in the literature of the ancient world.

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Excellent study of the role Greek & Roman sources played in the education and lives of the Founding Fathers. Lots of fascinating details about their lives and the intellectual climate they drew from. Some readers have objected to the critical political section about recent events at the end, but this can be easily tolerated.
 
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