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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Informative, well written, easy to read as are all his books.
Ellis also places Washington's famous Farewell Address in historical perspective, and gives a fascinating insight into it shaping and creation.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy reading American history written to keep your interest.
The story was really interesting but I felt the author repeated the same facts many times.
If you are interested in the truth about the revolutionary period I would recommend... Read more
I found the book terribly dull and boring with intolerable minute detail on trivial crap. I could not finish the book.Published 4 days ago by t r price
An authoritative, yet brief look at key characteristics of the men and the events that forged the nation. Joe Ellis is precise and writes without bias.Published 19 days ago by A. Lincoln
An incredible review of the individual moments that shaped the revolution and American history.Published 22 days ago by Ethan Caterer
Awsome book to learn about what was going through the founders mind.Published 22 days 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 24 days ago by Hector F. Deluca
This book embodies the culmination of 30 years of scholarship, writing, and, most important, consideration. Read morePublished 1 month 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 1 month ago by Alex Doyle