Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers–re-examined here as Founding Brothers–combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes–Hamilton and Burr’s deadly duel, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence–Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.

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Founding brothers was easy to read and entertaining. - Goodreads
Its been hard to read because of his writing style. - Goodreads
Extremely well researched and written. - Goodreads
A wonderful overview of the revolutionary era. - Goodreads
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History as story telling! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Interesting, yet hard to read at the same time. Loved the Burr and Hamilton bit as well as the friendship/rivalry of Jefferson and Adams. Read full review

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Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Like reading a George Will column for 248 pages. Some very good prose but let's not make the same point over and over again with just the sentence structure changing. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Joseph J. Ellis is the author of several books of American history, among them Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the 1997 National Book Award. He was educated at the College of William and Mary and Yale University and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ellen, and three sons.

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