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Founding Brothers The Revolutionary Generation (Paperback)

Author:  Joseph J. Ellis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375705244
ISBN-13: 9780375705243
Sku: 30845595
Publish Date: 2/1/2002
Pages:  288
Age Range:  NA
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An illuminating analysis of the intertwined careers of the founders of the American republic documents the lives of John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington and explains how their encounters transformed their era and shaped the history of the United States. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Reprint. 200,000 first printing. *Author: Ellis, Joseph J. *Subtitle: The Revolutionary Generation *Publication Date: 2002/02/01 *Number of Pages: 288 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

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.
This group portrait of the Founding Fathers emphasizes the sometimes intense associations and rivalries among Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr, Adams, Franklin, Madison, and Washington.The author examines six defining moments when the personal and the political collided, and shows how their distinctive styles and visions forged a new nation. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.


New York Times Book Review
"This is a splendid book--humane, learned, written with flair and radiant with a calm intelligence and wit. Even those familiar with ''the Revolutionary generation'' will, I would warrant, find much in its pages to captivate and enlarge their understanding of our nation's fledgling years." - Benson Bobrick 12/10/2000

New York Times
"[A] lively and illuminating, if somewhat arbitrary book that leaves the reader with a visceral sense of a formative era in American life.[Ellis] has written a shrewd, insightful book, less a conventional work of history than a series of strobe-lighted snapshots of a historical era and its illustrious and less-than-illustrious leaders." - Michiko Kakutani 11/14/2000

Times Literary Supplement
"This kind of episodic history, combined with Ellis's evocative prose and appreciation for historical contingency, has the effect of giving the reader a sense of actually being a witness to the events as they unfold. Ellis recovers the drama, the romance and tragedy, the sense of fragility and imminent danger confronted by the fledgling nation during its turbulent first decade." - C. Bradley Thompson 08/10/2001

New York Review of Books
"[A] remarkable set of very engaging stories that can be read independently of one another....[A] wonderful book, one of the best collections of essays on the Founders ever written." - Gordon S. Wood 03/29/2001

Washington Post Book World
"In lesser hands the fractious disputes and hysterical rhetoric of these contentious nation-builders might come across as hyperbolic pettiness. Ellis knows better, and he unpacks the real issues for his readers, revealing the driving assumptions and riveting fears that animated Americans' first encounter with the organized ideologies and interests we call parties." - Joyce Appleby 11/26/2000

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