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The History Book Club of the Valley is a group of people who enjoy reading and discussing history books in a congenial atmosphere. We generally meet in the Valley at a restaurant (tied to the theme of the book if possible) for lunch on a weekend every 2 to 3 months. If you enjoy reading and discussing history and would like a chance to network, please join us.

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History Bookclub: First Principles

Online event

The next history book club meetup will be Aug. 27 to discuss First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country by Thomas Ricks.

We'll be meeting over zoom.

Description from Amazon: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist offers a revelatory new book about the founding fathers, examining their educations and, in particular, their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics—and how that influence would shape their ideals and the new American nation.

Though much attention has been paid the influence of English political philosophers like John Locke, closer to their own era, the founders were far more immersed in the literature of the ancient world - Iliad, Plutarch’s Lives, and the works of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero.

The first four American presidents came to their classical knowledge differently. In examining how and what they studied, looking at them in the unusual light of the classical world, Ricks is able to draw arresting and fresh portraits of men we thought we knew.

First Principles follows these four members of the Revolutionary generation from their youths to their adult lives, as they grappled with questions of independence, and forming and keeping a new nation. In doing so, Ricks interprets not only the effect of the ancient world on each man, and how that shaped our constitution and government, but offers startling new insights into these legendary leaders.


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