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The Founders' Almanac: A Practical Guide To The Notable Events, Greatest Leaders And Most Eloquent Words Of The American Founding
by Matthew Spalding
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Richard Brookhiser, author of "Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington."
"The Founding Fathers had Plutarch, their guide to the thoughts and deeds of the great men of the ancient world. Now we have 'The Founders' Almanac,' a handy precis of essential lives and trenchant thoughts."
William J. Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues."
"'The Founders' Almanac' should be required reading for students of all ages to help them understand what the Founders thought and believed and how their ideas shaped America's virtues, principles, and character."
The Founders' Almanac is an easy-to-use guide to the origins of American democracy - focusing on information that is especially valuable for our day. The calendar describes important events of the era. Biographical essays introduce the leading Founders -- including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams -- and discuss the major themes of their statesmanship. An extensive compilation of quotations reflects the wit and wisdom of the Founding generation, and an annotated bibliography suggests additional readings. Historical documents -- the Declaration of Independance, the United States Constitution and Washington's Farewell Address -- and interpretative essays reaquaint the reader with immortal words and their contemporary meaning.
The Founders' Almanac is a practical guide to the notable events, eloquent words, and greatest leaders of the American Founding. It provides policymakers, political leaders and informed citizens needed information about America's origins, including a calendar explaining important events, speeches and writings from the American Founding, introductory essays on leading Founders, hundreds of useful quotations by category, key documents, and an annotated bibliography. The Founders? Almanac is an essential reference tool for anyone interested in conserving the principles of the American Founding and rekindling its spirit in the public life of our nation.
About the Author
Dr. Spalding is director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation and is an adjunct fellow with the Claremont Institute. He is a co-author and a co-editor of books on George Washington. Spalding also serves on the Board of Academic Advisors at Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.
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