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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.
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.
Great book. Views are different from from personal thoughts. But changed my mind!Published 5 hours ago by JSign
This is hands down my favorite book of all time. Not only the subject matter, but the writing is superb. I rarely read books twice and I've read this book several times. Read morePublished 11 days ago by S. Steven Maese
Great book. Terrific insight into the minds of the men who struggled to establish our country.Published 1 month ago by D. Anderson
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Professor Ellis gives us an insight into the personalities of the Founders that is both sympathetic and critical, and, above all, enjoyable readable.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Randal Burris
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