Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers

The Revolutionary Generation

Book - 2002
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In this landmark work of history and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Joseph J. Ellis 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2002, c2000
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780375705243
0375705244
Branch Call Number: 973.40922/ELL 4565 1

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tonyalanjeffers
Jun 07, 2017

This book is fantastic I'm learning a lot about the founding history of the United States I didn't know and hadn't considered. Joe's long drawnout writing style is very sleep inducing so it is making great bedtime reading I can seldom read more than one page before I am sound asleep. Most educational way to get to sleep I've ever found.

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TootinMoose
Apr 12, 2017

I had to push myself to finish this book. I felt like the author took pains to develop support for his conclusions, sometimes at the expense of readability. Still, I am glad I stuck with the task. It ended up as a good review of key players in our nation's infancy.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 25, 2016

A lively perspective to learn history's complexity, with the least bias. An ingenious way to weave "brothers" experience, words, actions and relationships into a book full of serious subjects, and still offer a delightful read.

Vincent T Lombardo Oct 02, 2015

Ellis writes interpretive history, not biography or narrative history, but his passive voice and turgid prose mask conclusions that are quite ordinary. I started this book but could not finish it, just like I started and could not finish two of his previous books, "American Sphinx and "Passionate Sage". I think that Ellis is overrated.

cayuga60 Mar 12, 2011

Character matters, and how important it was in the founding of our country. Don't miss this Pulitzer-Prize winner.

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