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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If you really want to really understand American politics you should read this book. Its amazing how brutal politics was in the late 18th century. Its like the political nature of our country really ... Read full review

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Our political system is surely the product of brilliant minds - but in a much more haphazard way than you anticipate. Politicians just don't stay true to their principles; circumstances dictate
actions, too. Like "Traffic", a lesson in how it's impossible to control a fraction of what we think we do. 

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JOSEPH J. ELLIS is the author of many works of American history includingFounding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; andAmerican Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. He recently retired from his position as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and their youngest son.

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