The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson
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Hardcover, Isi Books, 2012, ISBN13 9781933859941, ISBN10 1933859946
A Great--and Greatly Misunderstood--Founding Father
"The first biography of John Dickinson in a half century"
"The Cost of Liberty" offers a sorely needed reassessment of a great patriot and misunderstood Founding Father, John Dickinson.
Author William Murchison brings to life one of the most influential figures of the entire Founding period, a principled man whose gifts as writer, speaker, and philosopher only Jefferson came near to matching. In the -process, Murchison destroys the caricature of -Dickinson that has emerged from such popular treatments as HBO's "John Adams" -miniseries.
Today Dickinson is remembered mostly for his reluctance to sign the Declaration of Independence. But that reluctance, Murchison shows, had nothing to do with a lack of patriotism. In fact, Dickinson immediately took up arms to serve the colonial cause--something only one signer of the Declaration did. But he stood on principle to oppose the Declaration even when he knew it would deal the "finishing blow" to his once-great reputation.
Dubbed the "penman of the Revolution," Dickinson was not just a scribe but also a shaper of mighty events. Author of the landmark essays "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania," delegate to the Continental Congress, key -figure behind the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, president of both Pennsylvania and Delaware: Dickinson was, as one esteemed -historian aptly put it, "the most underrated of all the Founders."
This lively biography gives a great Founder his long-overdue measure of honor. It also broadens our understanding of the Founding period, challenging many modern assumptions about the events of 1776 and 1787.
|Number of Pages:||252|
|Series Title:||Lives of the Founders|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||5.00 x 8.00 x 1.00 Inches|
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