By R.B Bernstein. ISBN 978-0-19-533832-4. Copyright 2009. Hardcover with 238 pages including appendix, notes, and index, plus 8 glossy pages of black and white photographs. Finalist for the 2010 George Washington Book Prize. A concise, scholarly, yet accessible overview of the brilliant, flawed, and quarrelsome group of lawyers, politicians, merchants, military men, and clergy known as "the Founding Fathers" who got as close to the ideal of the Platonic "philosopher-kings" as American or world history has ever seen.