First Principles

First Principles

What America's Founders Learned From the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

eBook - 2020
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On the morning after the 2016 presidential election, Thomas Ricks awoke with a few questions on his mind: What kind of nation is this? 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. It follows four members of the Revolutionary generation from their youths to their adult lives, as they grappled with questions of independence, and forming and keeping a new nation. In doing so, Ricks interprets not only the effect of the ancient world on each man, and how that shaped our constitution and government, but offers startling new insights into these legendary leaders.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2020
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780062997470


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Feb 15, 2021

Recommended by Beth

Jan 19, 2021

Enjoyed and highly recommend this book for those who like to dig deeper into the history of our republic, the men and thoughts of the times which led us there. It is a good read that voices the concerns of the founders that unfortunately resonates today.

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