Gordon Wood: "The Idea of America"

Gordon Wood: "The Idea of America"

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian argues the American Revolution is still the most important event in our country’s history. Why he credits the era with defining America’s values and aspirations.

Historian Gordon Wood has devoted his career to studying the Revolutionary era. His book, “The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Wood’s newest book is a collection of essays written over the past half century. In it, he makes the case that the American Revolution remains the most significant event in U.S. history. Not only did the Revolution help create the U.S., but it also gave us our “highest aspirations and noblest values.” Throughout the centuries, Americans have returned to the Founders’ ideas as a way to better define ourselves and our nationhood. Gordon Wood’s new book is titled “The Idea of America.”


Gordon Wood

Alva O. Way University Professor at Brown University. His book "The Radicalism of the American Revolution" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

Read an Excerpt

From "The Idea of America" by Gordon Wood. Published by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright Gordon Wood, 2011

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