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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
An excellent bringing together of the biographies of the men who created the United States. Not much new or startling, but convenient to have them all in one book.Published 8 days ago by Richard McMahon
This book is a Christmas gift for my step-mother who has been wanting it for months. Great product.Published 10 days ago by Amy E Wolfe
A wonderful book even better the second time I read it. Great vignettes of the founding fathers and the differences of opinions that had we each other Back then it was Federalist... Read morePublished 19 days ago by James TFunk
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. I had just finished "Sam Adams" by David McCollugh and my friend said that I would like this one. Read morePublished 20 days ago by SWAMPRAG