The Noblest Minds: Fame, Honor, and the American Founding

The Noblest Minds: Fame, Honor, and the American Founding

By: Peter McNamara (editor)Paperback

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Ever since Douglass Adair convincingly demonstrated that a love of fame was central to the American founding, political scientists and historians have started to view the Founders and their acts in a new light. In The Noblest Minds, ten distinguished scholars examine this passion for fame and honor and demonstrate for the first time its significance in the development of American democracy.

About Author

Peter McNamara is associate professor of political science at Utah State University, is the author of Political Economy and Statesmanship: Adam Smith and Alexander Hamilton on the Foundation of the Commercial Republic, as well as numerous articles.


Chapter 1 Fame, Founders, and the Idea of Founding in the Eighteenth Century Chapter 2 Ben Franklin, Hero Chapter 3 George Washington and the Life of Honor Chapter 4 John Adams and the Quest for Fame Chapter 5 "The Holy Cause of Freedom": The Libertarian Legacy of Thomas Jefferson Chapter 6 James Madison: Memory, Service, and Fame Chapter 7 Alexander Hamilton, the Love of Fame, and Modern Democratic Statesmanship Chapter 8 John Marshall and the "False Glare" of Fame Chapter 9 Fame and The Federalist Chapter 10 The Classical and Modern Liberal Understandings of Honor Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Contributors

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780847686827
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 246
  • ID: 9780847686827
  • weight: 336
  • ISBN10: 0847686825

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