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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.
reading this for the 2nd time, (it's been a while). excellent look at the 'brothers', history and origins of our fair land. good read
Unlike most history books, Founding Brothers seeks to explain the political issues of the day as they were then understood, while remaining aware of how subsequent events have... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Blake
The currently prevailing Howard Zinn / politically correct view of America's founding, embraced by Ellis, is nothing less than a campaign for shaping the way youthful minds will... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Stephen Tyler
If I had only one book to chose to read pertaining to the Founding Fathers, this would be it. It's perhaps the best background book I own relative to this period in our history.Published 8 days ago by sharon robinson
Great incite. Written to keep important points in memory. We'll researched. Good analysis. Balanced, thoughtful and easy to read, yetPublished 1 month ago by Bud Corkin
Very insightful investigation into the personalities and times of our founding fathers.Published 1 month ago by Dan
Book was like new and as advertise. It arrived quickly. ThanksPublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey G. Matyas
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Took my time and read it slowly to absorb the content. Didn't realize there were political party issues even back then. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David