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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
Informative, well written, easy to read as are all his books.
I liked the format of "Founding Brothers"--which is organized as a collection of separate stories about important events in American revolutionary history.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy reading American history written to keep your interest.
An incredible review of the individual moments that shaped the revolution and American history.Published 1 day ago by Ethan Caterer
Awsome book to learn about what was going through the founders mind.Published 1 day ago by Mohamed akram
Book came only with a few wrinkles on the front cover and everything else was perfect. The only complaint I could possibly produce is the date of which it arrived.Published 2 days ago by Hector F. Deluca
This book embodies the culmination of 30 years of scholarship, writing, and, most important, consideration. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Michael J. Deis, Ph.D.
This is a terrific book, especially if you're into early American history (the Founding Fathers, the revolutionary and immediate post-revolutionary period). Read morePublished 13 days ago by Alex Doyle
I liked the book, but I find the description of Jefferson lacking. One visits Monticello and sees tributes to Jefferson as anti-slavery. Read morePublished 15 days ago by foolish
I bought the book for my son which was requested by his school. It met the requirement.Published 16 days ago by Sam Alnemri
In the early years of the Republic, when the ink on the Constitution was barely dry, the country was held together less by force of law than by dint of character. Read morePublished 16 days ago by M. L. Asselin