Author: Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood (b. 1933) is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. An award-winning author and historian, his most famous books include Creation of the American Republic: 1776–1787 (1969) and The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1993), the latter of which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for history. Woods is also a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Science. Originally from Concord, Massachusetts, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He began his teaching career at Harvard and has since taught at the College of William & Mary and the University of Michigan.

The Greatness of George Washington

Gordon S. Wood

In this wide-ranging essay, published in 1992, the distinguished historian of the American Revolution and early republic Gordon S. Wood (b. 1933) offers a penetrating account of the character and career of George Washington, in defense of his thesis that Washington “was truly a great man and the greatest president we have ever had.”