Lives of the Founders

Lives of the Founders

Edited by Gen. Josiah Bunting III, Lives of the Founders is a series of engaging biographies of important figures of the American founding who have long been neglected or forgotten. With this series, ISI hopes to instruct students and lay readers in the contending ideas, controversies, struggles, and particular circumstances that decisively shaped the trajectory of American history.

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  1. America's Forgotten Founders, second edition

    America's Forgotten Founders, second edition

    Edited by Gary L. Gregg II, Mark David Hall

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    The latest entry in ISI Books’ Lives of the Founders series, America’s Forgotten Founders will completely reshape your understanding of America’s founding generation.

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  2. American Cicero

    American Cicero

    By Bradley J. Birzer

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    From Paolucci Book Award–winning author Bradley J. Birzer comes this exceptional biography of an unjustly neglected Founder

    “Birzer rightly presents [Charles] Carroll as the proper object of deep interest and admiration.” —First Things

    This fascinating new biographyrescues American Founder Charles Carroll of Carrollton from unjust neglect, revealing why Founders such as John Adams assumed that Carroll would one day be considered among the greats—and also why history has largely forgotten him.

    “Birzer is one of today’s finest biographers. With meticulous scholarship, he places Charles Carroll back on the pedestal from which previous generations of neglectful historians had unceremoniously removed him.” —Joseph Pearce, author of Tolkien: Man and Myth

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  3. Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet

    Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet

    By Bill Kauffman

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    Kauffman’s Luther Martin is a brilliant and passionate polemicist, a stubborn and admirable defender of a decentralized republic who fights for the principles of 1776 all the way to the last ditch and last drop.

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  4. Founding Federalist

    Founding Federalist

    By Michael Toth

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    “Remarkable . . . By bringing [Ellsworth’s] contributions to the forefront, Mr. Toth enriches the founding narrative.” 
    Wall Street Journal

    You’ve probably never heard of Oliver Ellsworth. It’s time to change that.

    “A brief, wonderfully readable biography of the most important American you’ve never heard of.”
    Peter Robinson, Ricochet

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  5. Rise and Fight Again

    Rise and Fight Again

    By Spencer C. Tucker

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    In Rise and Fight Again, award-winning military historian Spencer Tucker tells the story of Greeneā€™s rise from relative obscurity to military prominence at the tender age of thirty-two. He reveals Greene to have been a strict disciplinarian who insisted on rigorous training but was also deeply concerned for the welfare of his men. Now in paperback. Learn More
  6. The Cost of Liberty

    The Cost of Liberty

    By William Murchison

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    The first biography of John Dickinson published in fifty years, The Cost of Liberty offers a sorely needed reassessment of a great patriot and misunderstood Founding Father.

    “One can read hundreds of biographies of the wor­thy men and women from the founding era, and this would be on the short list of those most beautifully written.” Chronicles

    “[Murchison] employ[s] his incomparable pen and vivid historical imagination in the cause of bringing back to life one of the most underrated and misunderstood of the Founders.The American Conservative

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