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New Book On Our Founding Fathers - Founding Gardeners

A photo of Shannon SaiaI caught an interesting inteview on NPR this week while  I was in the car. Andrea Wulf has a new book out called Founding Gardeners, The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. The gist of it, according to the author, is that while Washington, Jefferson, Adams etc. have gone down in history as our first presidents and the men who shaped our nation, that thier fundamental passion was not politics, but gardening. Gardening, farming, and the self-sufficiency that these activities bring was well in the minds of our founding fathers as they contemplated our country's political liberty, both as private passions of thier own, and as a way to provide for independence from imported goods. Sounds fascinating. I totally plan to check this one out.
nebraska dave
10/13/2012 1:49:17 PM

Shannon, how do you find all this great stuff. I did a scan at the local library which usually keeps up with the new books that come out. This doesn't show up nor does the author of the book. Let me know if it's a book good enough to reside in the Nebraska Dave's garden section in his personal library. I have one shelf and of must have books filled and have started on another one. Have a great day of reading.