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The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson (Lives of the Founders), Murchison, William
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Author Name:    Murchison, William

Title:   The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson (Lives of the Founders)

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Intercollegiate Studies Institute 

ISBN Number:   1933859946 / 9781933859941

Seller ID:   ING9781933859941

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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.



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