American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

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Vintage Books, 2008 - History - 283 pages
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Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his unparalleled talents to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a time of both triumphs and tragedies--all of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning nation. Ellis casts an incisive eye on the gradual pace of the American Revolution and the contributions of such luminaries as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, and brilliantly analyzes the failures of the founders to adequately solve the problems of slavery and the treatment of Native Americans. With accessible prose and stunning eloquence, Ellis delineates in American Creation an era of flawed greatness, at a time when understanding our origins is more important than ever.

 

  

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What a good overview of early American history! - Goodreads
I am a big fan of Joseph Ellis and his writing style. - Goodreads
I found the book very easy to read and engaging. - Goodreads
The insight into Jefferson and Madison is fascinating. - Goodreads
Dense. Lots of writing. - Goodreads

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Pretty good, a bit dry at times. The author doesn't like to use the word miracle, but that's exactly what winning the revolutionary war was. Read full review

Contents

The Year
20
The Winter
58
The Argument
87
The Treaty
127
The Conspiracy
165
The Purchase
207
ACKNOXLEDGMENTS 169
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Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Joseph Ellis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ellen, and their youngest son, Alex.

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