Books: The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon Wood

Today’s book recommendation: The American Revolution broke the old political order dating back centuries. No longer would people be ruled by a central state through monarchy or feudalism. Power would be dispersed amongst the people and a system to increase liberties was created.

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In a grand and immensely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian describes the events that made the American Revolution. Gordon S. Wood depicts a revolution that was about much more than a break from England, rather it transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its founding fathers.