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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Paperback – February 5, 2002
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“Lively and illuminating…leaves the reader with a visceral sense of a formative era in American life.”–The New York Times
“Masterful…. Fascinating…. Ellis is an elegant stylist…. [He] captures the passion the founders brought to the revolutionary project…. [A] very fine book.”–Chicago Tribune
“Learned, exceedingly well-written, and perceptive.”–The Oregonian
“Lucid…. Ellis has such command of the subject matter that it feels fresh, particularly as he segues from psychological to political, even to physical analysis…. Ellis’s storytelling helps us more fully hear the Brothers’ voices.”–Business Week
“Splendid…. Revealing…. An extraordinary book. Its insightful conclusions rest on extensive research, and its author’s writing is vigorous and lucid.”–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Vivid and unforgettable . . . [an] enduring achievement.” –The Boston Globe
“Founding Brothers is a wonderful book, one of the best . . . on the Founders ever written. . . . Ellis has established himself as the Founders’ historian for our time.” –Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books
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The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers–re-examined here as Founding Brothers–combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes–Hamilton and Burr's deadly duel, Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams' administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin's attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison's attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams' famous correspondence–Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation's history.
- Lexile measure : 1410L
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780375705243
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375705243
- Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.64 x 7.98 inches
- Publisher : Vintage (February 5, 2002)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0375705244
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six chapters are presented, none dependent on the others (you can read them out of sequence), the longest being about forty pages, with the layout being similar to that used in the great book Profiles In Courage.
The togetherness and unity of purpose, so necessary during the Revolution, begins to erode on the road to the Constitution, yielding to a more diverse spectrum of human passion. Fault lines, held in check by the necessities of war, become increasingly apparent in the aftermath of peace. Here, deeper personal reflections take the founders in opposing directions; loyalties are questioned; etiquette and protocol become strained, in some cases fracturing those buried fault lines beyond the repair of civil discourse and famously demonstrated in the duel between Hamilton and Burr.
The plans and maneuvering of the battlefield had now moved to the less bloody theatre of parchment, quills and tables. There are no cannons here, but it’s clear to see that John Adams, by his own doing, set himself up to be everyone’s favorite cannon fodder.
A very well worded book, with gracefully crafted sentences containing so much more that their initial brevity might suggest. For example, Chapter Four, The Farwell: “Washington was the core of gravity that prevented the American Revolution from flying off into random orbits, the stable center around which the revolutionary energies formed.”
Very good book. Recommended.
The book dealt with such “behind the scenes” subjects as the reasons for the Burr-Hamilton duel, the 1790 Quaker petition to end the African slave trade, and the formulation of Washington’s Farewell Address. But, the book was highlighted by the evolution of the Jefferson -Adams relationship: from friendship, to abhorrence; and after 12 years of silence, to reconciliation. Ellis guides us through this relationship to their later years. Here, they have put aside their individual differences to reflect, clarify the record, and focus on their places in history. The book ends on a surprising note.
This book was difficult to read. In explaining and analyzing deep and subtle topics, the book’s sentences could be complex and the paragraphs lengthy. I needed to re-read some sections to grasp their meanings. But, the extra time was worth the effort.
If the events shown in this book had turned out differently we may be having High Tea @ 4 O’clock and speaking The King’s English.
Bottom line- you are reading how a small group of men who faced almost impossible odds shaped our country into what it is today. The same debates on “Big Government” vs States rights to govern themselves, taxes, foreign policy are still wildly debated today....
Fascinating reading, Especially the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, why it happened, the results of its outcome and how ONE event can change everything
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If you are looking for a history book, full of details, written with passion and enthusiasm, this is it.
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