Virtue, Valor, And Vanity: The Founding Fathers And The Pursuit Of Fame
Virtue, Valor, and Vanity: The Founding Fathers and the Pursuit of Fame
Their ambitions, intrigues, and jealousies shaped the birth of our nation, but they overcame their foibles and imperfections to throw off the chains of tyranny and form a more perfect union. We think of them now as faces on money or statues on pedestals, and, as Burns shows here in luminous prose, thatÕs exactly what they wanted to be. They all possessed astonishing brilliance, expansive egos, and more than just a little vanity. In this fresh perspective, Burns brings the Founding Fathers down off their pedestals to reveal the flesh-and-blood menÑvain and modest, sensitive and stubborn, brilliant and ambitiousÑwho overcame their faults and squabbles to establish a new nation that would shine as a paragon of governance. For the armchair historian, here is an exciting new look at our countryÕs origins.
From Publishers Weekly
Historian and Fox News TV host Burns (Infamous Scribblers) opens his second study of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton and Henry with a study of ancient Rome and perhaps the founding fathers' greatest influence, the orator, essayist, "public official and public nuisance" Cicero, who "worked at renown" and got it. While...