Jack Rakove

Rebel Without a Cause—A Narrow Approach to the American Revolution
November 30, 2012

Phillips's insistence on the primacy of 1775 as “the pivotal year” creates more problems than it solves.

Fitly Spoken
August 09, 2012

Alexander Tsesis's loving history of the Declaration of Independence is profoundly Lincolnian in story and premise.

Hamilton? Jefferson?
July 03, 2012

In our current slough of economic despair, is it time for Americans to recognize that we should all become Hamiltonians, following the genius of our f

The Inventor of Our Politics
October 26, 2011

Richard Brookhiser saves his central argument for his final pages, and it might have been wiser to bring it out more explicitly much earlier. Madison

The Secret Agent
June 30, 2011

The most accomplished spy of the American Revolution, Edward Bancroft, was once a man whose name was known only to scholars. It took a whole century f

Founders Lite
November 15, 2010

What John and Abigail mainly bequeathed to Americans, then, was their relationship. But while no one better illustrates how the provincial world of th

The Ring and the Crack
July 02, 2010

It would be easy to assume that the flag and the anthem have always been the central cultural symbols of our nationality. But in fact that has not bee