The Idea of America

Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood

In this collection of essays, Pulitzer Prize winner, Gordon Wood challenges the popular view that the American Revolution Idea of Americawas fought largely for practical  and economic reasons like taxation. He argues that in reality the Revolution was fought primarily on the basis of principals like equality, liberty and republicanism. This collection is a great study of what has become the key chapter in American history, as well as its ongoing influence on the American character.