Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 217 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
A wonderful overview of the revolutionary era. - Goodreads
History as story telling! - Goodreads
The ending portion seemed to lose focus. - Goodreads
Great insight on the founding of our country. - Goodreads

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User Review  - [chris] Dale - Goodreads

Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for this book. I do not know by what criteria this award is bestowed; is it the writing style? Is it the depth of the research? Is it the originality of the thesis? This ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brendan Murray - Goodreads

A lot of analysis and over-thinking made this book difficult and almost boring to read. Ellis does have a lot of amazing ideas but it is not for the simple minded, or even normal minded. Try reading ... 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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