The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History by Gordon S. Wood 0143115049 9780143115045
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An erudite scholar and an elegant writer, Gordon S. Wood has won both numerous awards and a broad readership since the 1969 publication of his widely acclaimed The Creation of the American Republic. With The Purpose of the Past, Wood has essentially created a history of American history, assessing the current state of history vis-?nbsp;-vis the work of some of its most important scholars?oling out praise and scorn with equal measure. In this wise, passionate defense of history? ongoing necessity, Wood argues that we cannot make intelligent decisions about the future without understanding our past. Wood offers a master? insight into what history?t its best?an be and reflects on its evolving and essential role in our culture.

Author: Gordon S. Wood

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 323

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 2009-01-27


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