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In retrospect, it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable. But was it? In Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis reveals that many of those truths we hold to be self-evident were actually fiercely contested in the early days of the republic.
Ellis focuses on six crucial moments in the life of the new nation, including a secret dinner at which the seat of the nation's capital was determined--in exchange for support of Hamilton's financial plan; Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address; and the Hamilton and Burr duel. Most interesting, perhaps, is the debate (still dividing scholars today) over the meaning of the Revolution. In a fascinating chapter on the renewed friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson at the end of their lives, Ellis points out the fundamental differences between the Republicans, who saw the Revolution as a liberating act and hold the Declaration of Independence most sacred, and the Federalists, who saw the revolution as a step in the building of American nationhood and hold the Constitution most dear. Throughout the text, Ellis explains the personal, face-to-face nature of early American politics--and notes that the members of the revolutionary generation were conscious of the fact that they were establishing precedents on which future generations would rely.
In Founding Brothers, Ellis (whose American Sphinx won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1997) has written an elegant and engaging narrative, sure to become a classic. Highly recommended. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Having considered Thomas Jefferson in his National Book Award winner, American Sphinx, Ellis expands his horizons to include Jefferson's "brothers," e.g., Washington, Madison, and Burr.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really good read on the most well-known founders of the U.S. Good information that provides insight into their lives and the way our country grew into a republic.Published 1 day ago by Lynn Pena
This gave me insight as to some of the issues that our founding brothers had in place for this country. Read morePublished 14 days ago by paula
Ellis describes the essence of the tension between the various visions of each of the main characters in the development of the United States form of government. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Robert B. Kinniburgh
It's OK. The story doesn't flow as smoothly as American Sphinx, but still full of interesting facts.Published 28 days ago by Jason Chacon
As a history student and an admirer of our Founders, I absolutely love Founding Brothers. The stories that comprise the book are vivid and thought provoking. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Byrd