- File Size: 3790 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375405445
- Publisher: Vintage (December 16, 2003)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2003
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FBJF32
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The book is by design not chronological, but does include detailed analysis of each founding father. Yet the book is not patriotic flag waving. Ellis' style is reminiscent of the consensus historians of the 1950s but with a modern approach. His portrayal shows the founding fathers separated by personalities and differences of opinion, but with the unique ability to set ambitions aside (more or less) to accomplish the nation's business. For instance, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams were both Federalists yet they hated one another, Ben Franklin drew criticism for anti-slavery beliefs, Thomas Jefferson ceased correspondence with George Washington (forever) and Adams (for fifteen years), James Madison and Hamilton divided the government, and Aaron Burr eventually killed Hamilton. But with the exception of this final example all were able to deal with these differences for the good of the country. Ellis illustrates his chapters with masterful synthesis.
There are times when Ellis' theory appears to wander, as with the case of slavery and the official "silence" that governed the subject. In this case the problem did not go away but instead exploded seventy years later in civil war. He also meanders throughout the chapter on Jefferson and Adams to the point that reading becomes tedious, but his overall effort is not adversely impacted.Read more ›
In a series of historical vignettes, the reader learns about (among other things) the famous but mysterious duel between Hamilton and Burr, the awkward problem of slavery in the 1790s, the collaboration between Madison and Jefferson, George Washington's farewell and the famous relationship between John Adams (who is underappreciated according to Ellis) and Jefferson.
Every vignette reads like a short story. The facts are riveting, the writing (as usual) is lucid, succint and sufficiently surprising. And the historical era of the 1790s can't fail to interest us all.
There's absolutely no reason why this should not be the next book you buy. Get it for Christmas and give it as a gift to someone else. Where else will you learn, with such intelligence and historical insight, how majestic Washington was, how human Adams was, how strange Jefferson's personality was, and how conniving all the politicians were in the salad days of our country?
While my favorite chapter deals with the dinner involving Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison. In which the federal government assumed the national debt from the states, for the relocating of the federal government, on the Potomac River. Jefferson and Madison also made sure that, unlike Great Britain or France, the national capital would not be the financial center of the country.
Among the other informative points that Ellis brings up was that Hamilton was the only prominent American casualty of the ideological differences stemming from the decades after the American Revolution. The growing unpopularity of Washington's second administration with other prominent Virginians which culminated with his Farewell Address was also interesting.
Founding Brothers is an exceptionally easy and quick book to read. Ellis repeatedly informs us what the world was like in the 1790's, when there was little historical precedence for a republican style of government or a biracial society.
There were many labrythine agreements made between the founding brothers and Ellis' research is highly commendable in attempting to sort it all out. For anyone interested in the years that followed the ratification of the Constitution and the beginnings of our present day government, this book is a must.
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This is a terrific product, comfortable, functional and nicely proced.Published 2 hours ago by Kangyoun Seo
The first thought in reviewing Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation is to demonstrate my knowledge of that era’s history. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by AudioBook Reviewer
This book is terrible, I had to read it for a class and I normally love history. This took all the fun out of learning history by dragging on and on and never ceasing to annoy me... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jayne E. Scott
This book brings historical characters who founded our country alive - this should be the way we teach our history - not by trying to memorize dates, but by telling the stories of... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Tice taught high school social studies for 14 years and I also have Bachelors degrees in both political science and history. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you are looking to read an interesting book on the Founding Fathers, look elsewhere. Ellis does a magnificent job of meticulously going over every single detail of his primary... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rikki S.
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