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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 incite. Written to keep important points in memory. We'll researched. Good analysis. Balanced, thoughtful and easy to read, yetPublished 2 days ago by Bud Corkin
Very insightful investigation into the personalities and times of our founding fathers.Published 3 days ago by Dan
Book was like new and as advertise. It arrived quickly. ThanksPublished 6 days 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 23 days ago by David
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by A. Lincoln
An incredible review of the individual moments that shaped the revolution and American history.Published 1 month ago by Ethan Caterer