Politics and the creative imagination was the first topic the book had in it and I thought it was really interesting because it kinda opened my eyes on how everything truly works in America definitely when it comes to how the government is ran today. Basically it was saying that a lot of what we have today in politics was all just a pigment of people’s imagination that was eventually made true and real. One of the biggest discussions in the book was the topic of realism and Idealism in American Diplomacy . It gives reasons on why it was so important and it kinda just explains honestly what is is and how it works and the whole idea of it. Some of the biggest name in the history of U.S. government like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were mentioned and explained throughout the entire book and it gave me lot’s of insight on how important they really were. This book was really good and I didn’t realize how important some of these things were until reading this book. The topic of realism and idealism is really interesting and because of this book I honestly wouldn’t mind learning more about it. Part 2: Summary of the Content Describe how the book is organized.This book was organized in the order of events that happened in U.S. History. There were 5 letters that were written and each one was explained and also gave an example and that’s how the book was organized, if that makes any sense. The author did a very good job at explaining the importance of the founding fathers and I feel like that’s how he organized the book, by explaining the importance of them by giving us 5 letters that supported his beliefs 2.) What is the theme of the book? In other words, what is the main idea?The theme of the book is how the creation of our government came upon. It just gets into it a little deeper than you normally would and it gives exact examples of these things. The founding fathers were responsible for creating the first democratic government of the United States and left a legacy that has forever shaped the world. Learning their stories helps me better understand what made them work, as well as their influence on the world today. 3.) Is the author attempting to make an argument? If so, what is the argument and how does he or she support it?Even though I don’t really feel like the author is trying to attempt an argument strictly because most of the book is historical events and facts that are just followed by examples. But I guess that one argument that I kinda got from the book is maybe how important the founding fathers are to everything in U.S. government and how hard we tried to be different than all the other countries in the world and the credit of that goes to our founding fathers. 4.) Provide a short synopsis of each chapter of the book. These do not need to be longer than one solid paragraph. Chapter 1. Politics and the creative imagination: In this chapter the author was explaining how politics is just like science and we’re also discovering things to make it better , just like scientist do. It talks about how brilliant our founding fathers are and that even though people are constantly trying to find the negatives in what they do like racism and along with other things this country wouldn’t be great like it is if it wasn’t for them. Chapter 2. Jefferson and the ambiguities of freedom: In this chapter it really gives in depth explanations on the kind of person and politician Jefferson was. We learn that he is a radical and eloquent idealist and how he was afraid of what the U.S. would turn into if it was put into the wrong person’s hand. Madison is also mentioned in this chapter to explain how him and jefferson used their brilliant thoughts and turned them into something great. Chapter 3. Realism and Idealism in American Diplomacy: This chapter started off talking about a man by the name of Felix Gilbert who was a German – born and german – educated historian of Renaissance Italy and Prussian politics. The reason why this guy was mentioned is because after immigrating from England to America he did studies at Princeton where he became well-known for his brilliancy in Realism and Idealism. Felix Gilbert was just one of many examples given through the chapter which is basically what the chapter in about. Chapter 4. The Federalist Papers: This chapter is about the process of the federalist papers before, during, and after. It is filled with lots of historic facts and examples. It mentions important names like Madison, Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and more well known names. One thing that I learned from this chapter that I didn’t know before is that the Federalist Papers were mostly created in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chapter 5. Atlantic Dimensions: This chapter was about how even though their is just a ocean separating the United States and Europe, we’re much different than them when it comes to our government . An example of this would be how even though America was ruled by england before the U.S. was even a thing, after the revolutionary war we decided to be completely different then them in our form of government. Part 3: Evaluation of the BookIs the book convincing to you? I thought this book was really convincing just because while I was reading I knew the whole time this was filled with a bunch of facts that were followed by real life examples. The author was very biose about the founding father which made the entire book very convincing. 2.) If you could challenge the author on something, what would that be? Why? Whatquestions would you ask the author if you could?I would just want to know what made the author choose to write about something that happened so long ago and something that really has no effect on his life. Also I would want to know what made him think/feel like a book based off of historical facts would be successful , because I just feel like a book like this is a really risky one, but that’s just me. So if I could challenge the reader to anything it would be to make it more appealing to high school students and they way you could do that is by adding more of a storyline behind the book. You could maybe make it as if a kid was going on a journey around the world during this time period and discovering and learning about more history. 3.) What did you learn from this book that helps you better understand AmericanPolitics and/ or economics?In this book I learned the true and more deeper side to the founding fathers and their importance when creating the federal government in the United States. I also learned the impact of the entire world when they were going through the process of creating things like the federalist papers and the constitution . Part 4. Historical FactsList 7-10 political or economic/ cultural economic facts you learned by reading this book and place them in order of importance in your opinion. Explain/ justify your opinion of each in 2-3 complete sentences. This may be bulleted.The importance of the founding fathers. The reason why I felt like this was the most important fact in the book was because first off the whole book was really about it and because I didn’t realize how most of their beliefs and ways of thinking are still being used today and are pretty steady when everything seems to be changing. The impact the whole world when creating our government. I chose this one because I felt like the government used the failures of the past governments in other parts of the world and has learned from their mistakes and made it better. This is why our government is as strong as what it is and is known as one of the strongest governments in the world. Thomas Jefferson was the first president to make the cabinet system work. I thought this was a pretty cool fact honestly and I thought it was pretty important strictly because the cabinet system was such a big deal and it was being unsuccessful and Thomas Jefferson being able to make it work seemed to be a good thing if you ask me. He started a positive trend that continually managed to work. Importance of famers in America and the impact that they had. Farmers had an impact on the government because of their wealth and popularity during this time in american history. They did a lot of voting during the early voting in the U.S. and they had ideas that were pretty popular around the world. The always changing image of Benjamin Franklin. I always thought that Benjamin Franklin did nothing but good kinda like a mom feels about their son but from reading this book I found that he did have his faults like his stubbornness and I found that interesting because their were lots of people who didn’t like him because of this. But at the end of the day his image is definitely positive because he was truly a mastermind when it came to the creation of the federalist paper and other big historical events. Quakers in Pennsylvania. The quakers and the state of Pennsylvania were founded by William Penn and he was responsible for a lot that happened with the quakers during this time in history. A quaker was someone whose beliefs were considered radical, such as the idea that women and men were spiritual equals, and women could speak out during worship, which was a really big deal during this time. Thomas Paine Common Sense. Published in 1776, the same year as the declaration of independence, thomas Paine released a newspaper article named “common sense” which was challenging the authority of the British Government. He was reaching out to the common people for a common cause and that was too step up and stop letting England treat us the way they were. The reason that I felt like this was a important fact is simply because I didn’t know a lot about the topic and I felt like it was really smart how Thomas Paine reached out to the common people of America instead of just the important and higher ranked people.