Synopses & Reviews
"Bernard Bailyn is perhaps our finest and most imaginative historical essayist." Jack Rakove, author of Original Meanings
"His distinctive voice, as level-headed and acute as ever, works as both a stimulant and a balm, wrapped in an umbra of intellectual integrity." Kirkus Reviews
"This is vintage Bailyn....One comes away with a rounded appreciation of the founders' limitations, failures and moral failings as well as their extraordinary achievements." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"To Begin the World Anew...is a collection of expanded versions of lectures Bailyn has given at various academic conferences, but the book is no less fresh for it....[E]ven scholars of the period will be intrigued by Bailyn's discussion of the increasing reference to (and reverence for) the Federalist Papers in Supreme Court decisions." Michael Kenney, Boston Globe
From a premier historian twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize comes a set of illuminating sketches of the characteristics, accomplishments, and ambiguities of some of the key figures of the Revolutionary generation. 65 illustrations, color.
About the Author
Bernard Bailyn did his undergraduate work at Williams College and his graduate work at Harvard, where he is currently Adams University Professor Emeritus and director of the International Seminar on the Atlantic World. His previous books include The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century; Education in the Forming of American Society; Pamphlets of the American Revolution, 17501776; The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, which received the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes in 1968; The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, which won the 1975 National Book Award for History; Voyagers to the West, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987; and Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence.
Table of Contents
Politics and the creative imagination -- Jefferson and the ambiguities of freedom -- Realism and idealism in American diplomacy: Franklin in Paris, Couronnâe par la libertâe -- The Federalist papers: a note on the Federalist and the Supreme Court -- Atlantic dimensions.