October 31, 2016 - Are there any reading groups out there? Fiction? Science-Fiction? Travel? I will provide up to 10 copies of The Appalachian, Life in Continuum, or Notes from the Field to the first reading group of each genre to get in touch, in exchange for reviews on Amazon.
October 6, 2016 - A second edition of Notes from the Field, with improved maps and updated cover art, is now available.
June 24, 2016 - Field Notes have begun. See Travels page.
June 2016 - Robinson departs for France at the end of this month for a re-hike of the Alps and a reconnection with Hannibal.
May 19, 2016 - Notes from the Field is live on Amazon.com!
April 2016 - Work on Notes from the Field is complete. Look for it in bookstores or on Amazon soon.
Jan 2016 - Robinson is at work on his next book, Notes From the Field: A diary of Journeys Near and Far.
Dec 2015 - The Appalachian has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2015!
Copyright 2016 by Kirk Ward Robinson
“Tyranny is not a word much in vogue any more, but it could incite passion during the Founding generation the way the word terrorism incites passion today.”
Is there a connection between the American struggle for independence in the 18th century and the American response to terrorism in the 21st? Are modern Americans influenced by the same passions that motivated their forefathers during the Revolutionary War period?
In this expanded new edition of Founding Character: Documents That Define the United States of America and its People, Kirk Ward Robinson presents the crucial Founding documents of the United States—The Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, Original Draft of the Declaration of Independence, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, Treaty of Paris, Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights, President George Washington’s Farewell Address—as a series of ideals that built upon one another to create and imprint the behavior of the American people; unique and sometimes perplexing behaviors not founded on historical or cultural traits but on the enlightened ideal of individual sovereignty. Understanding this connection with the Founding generation can help Americans make sense of their national struggles and motivations, from their innate sense of superiority to their extreme political polarization.
Founding Character: Documents That Define the United States of America and its People is an accessible reference to the Founding of the nation, suitable for the classroom or the interested reader. Also included are the Amendments to the Constitution, a guide to the states and their constitutions, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.