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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation


Book Overview: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER - NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A landmark work of history 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.

"A splendid book--humane, learned, written with flair and radiant with a calm intelligence and wit." --The New York Times Book Review

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.

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Publication Date2002-02-05
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Joseph J. Ellis is an esteemed American historian and writer, best known for his literary contributions to the interpretation of the Founding Fathers and the early United States history. His distinguished career includes serving as a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and at the prestigious Mount Holyoke College where he taught American history for many years. Celebrated for his compelling narrative style and detailed historical analysis, Ellis has cultivated a reputation as one of America's premier interpreters of our early history. Ellis' distinct ability to shed fresh light on well-trodden historical paths has led to numerous honors and recognitions. Among his most notable works is "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" which earned him the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for History. His book "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson" was also a recipient of the National Book Award in 1997. These laudations attest to Ellis' breadth of knowledge and unique talents as a storyteller. Beyond his role as a writer and educator, Ellis is widely acknowledged as an insightful commentator on contemporary issues, drawing on historical contexts to illuminate the present. His works, lectures, and media appearances have contributed significantly to the public discourse about America's past and present. His enduring dedication to his craft and unswerving commitment to scholarly excellence set Joseph J. Ellis apart as a beacon of American historical literature.

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