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Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed… (2009)

by Joseph D'Agnese, Denise Kiernan (Author)

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The framers of the constitution were really no different than politicians of today. Except they truly had a desire to give man as much of the freedom God and Nature intended yet still keep an organized society. No one is perfect, it takes greedy men to fight for the freedom for all but honest men to not take the power. ( )
  cwflatt | Mar 10, 2012 |
A great little book. Although it would be easy to criticize this book for its lack of attention to detail and its ignoring of many important aspects of the individuals lives, but who cares? It was not intended as a monograph or an indepth study. It is what it is...a fun look at a diverse group of very interesting individuals. I plan on including some of the details of this book into my teaching (i.e. the origin of the word gerrymandering and/or how Samual Adams was a most unsuccessful businessman). ( )
  ccthulu | Aug 17, 2011 |
This is a good, albeit brief, overview of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence. The authors try to use a few colloquial phrases, presumably to resonate with today's culture, which, in my opinion, detracts from the book. I would reccommend this book for anyone desiring a better understanding of the people who risked their lives by signing the document that declared our freedom from oppression. ( )
  torrey23 | May 5, 2011 |
Well-researched book on the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The authors imbued it with just the right mix of respect, humor and little-known tidbits to make this lofty, revered group seem human. Really enjoyed this read. ( )
  jlcarroll | Mar 9, 2011 |
This kind of irreverent, bouncy narrative is the kind of thing that gets people interested in history. The authors do a service by illuminating the historically obscure lives of most of the Declaration's signers, and by doing so in such an emminently readable fashion. It makes these men into human beings rather than wig-wearing monuments, and debunks some cherished myths about them. As each biographical sketch covers only a few pages, this is suitable for toilet or bedside reading. I would recommend this, particularly to those interested in early American history. It is suitable for upper elementary school and up (if you're willing to tolerate the odd swear word). ( )
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Presents the lives, deaths, and scandals involving the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, including John Adams, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson.

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