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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

4 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Joseph J. Ellis

In retrospect, it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable. But was it? InFounding Brothers,Joseph J. Ellisreveals that many of those truths we hold to be self-evident were actually fiercely contested in the early days of the republic. Ellis … see full wiki

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Author: Joseph J. Ellis
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Vintage
4 reviews about Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
review by . September 08, 2008
Ellis brings to well-crafted life the fragile nature of the American experiment in the first years after the revolution and the Constitution. He uses six short stories or incidents to frame this so-fragile balance between war and peace, Federalist and Republican, the very success or ignominious death of the American experiment:     --The Burr/Hamilton duel (in which Burr, the sitting VP shot and killed Hamilton.    --The compromise dinner (one of many clandestine …
review by . November 17, 2008
It looked a lot prettier in those Gilbert Stuart and John Trumbull paintings. If there's an overall theme to Joseph Ellis's 2000 book "Founding Brothers", it's that the United States was tempered as much by internal conflict as by war with Great Britain.    Ellis's approach deals with the aftermath of the American Revolution, post-Constitution, in six drawn-out narratives exploring various facets of the often-feuding Founding Fathers. He begins with the most famous and deadly …
review by . July 22, 2006
This work sheds light on our Founding Fathers by discussing early  historical events in more detail. For instance, Benjamin Franklin  tried to force Congress to confront slavery- head on. Our early  lawmakers were at a loss to figure out how slaves would be integrated into the economy and the broader society once freed.  Alexander Hamilton foresaw a scenario; wherein, the federal  government would triumph over the states.Alternatively, the Union …
review by . July 01, 2002
"Founding Brothers," begins with the most famous duel in American history, and ends with what may be the most famous reconciliation. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, ten-paces apart, level their pistols at each other, shots are fired, and one man is left standing with his reputation about to be demolished as surely as his opponent lay demolished on the banks of the Hudson. At the other end, two friends, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who, in the heat of politics, became bitter enemies, reconcile …
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