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Preview — Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
In retrospect, it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable. But was it? In Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis reveals that many of those truths we hold to be self-evident were actually fiercely contested in the early days of the republic.
Ellis focuses on six crucial moments in the life of the new nation, including a secret dinner at which the seat of the nation'...more
I felt double bad about this book because I had bought it for my dad earlier in the year as a birthday gift, and when it was on the required reading list of my American History cou ...more
The very idea of a legitimate opposition did not yet exist in the political culture of the 1790s, and the evolution of political parties was proceeding in an environment that continued to regard the word party as an epithet. In effect, the leadership of th...more
This is a sentence found on page 80 of Joseph J. Ellis's Foundi ...more
Ellis divides the book into six chapters, each revolving around a pivotal point in time, or around specific persons. People mentioned, specifically:
* George Washin ...more
However, the final two chapters concerning the famous and often contentious relationship betw ...more
This expansive history examines these very human figures in the context of (mainly) the 1790's and brings them to life through the lenses of six different events.
Though this was my second reading of this excellent book, I found much that I had ...more
I did like the perspective of the book, that is, the structure the author used to talk about these times and these people. Instead of trying to ...more
I was not disappointed with the first few chapters. Whenever I hear about the duel between Aaron Bur ...more
Ellis writes in vivid images and analogies but is sometimes too wordy for his own good. For instance, Ellis demonstrates that Adams wanted, in modern terms, to "deconstruct" all romanticized accounts of the founding. But this is because Adam ...more
I respectfully disagree, and prefer David McCullough's approach to history. Speaking at Brigham Young Univeristy in 2005, McCullough said:
"[N]obody ever lived in the past. Jefferson, Adams, Geo ...more
My favorite chapter was The Silence, which talks about how the issue of slavery was handled during the early years of the ...more
The book consists of six vignettes about central figures from the revolutionary generation. Each vignette is about 50 pages, and can be read independently of the whole. Some of the vignettes are more well-known than others, but they are for the most part things that one only touches on in passing in a normal curriculum of civics and social studies and history. The six vignettes are the duel between Hamilton and Burr (then ...more
"Reading a book like Founding Brothers reminds me why I love American History so much. Although I also enjoy more hardline, fact-filled, and focused historical accounts, I thoroughly enjoyed Founding Brothers because of its greater focus on individual personalities (although there was no shortage of historical facts). Founding Brothers provides wonderful insights into some of our most revered founder fathers, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, ...more
The final story in this book on the history of the friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson is deeply moving, of how they started as "brothers" in the founding, then ended up opposing each other, in sometimes very nasty ways - particularly Jefferson was capable of ...more
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