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Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
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Aug 14, 08

bookshelves: history
Recommended for: Early American History Afficionados
Read in August, 2008

I think giving this book five stars actually does a disservice to the author: It deserves 20! Joesph Ellis' work, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, is a wonderful narrative that immerses the reader in the minds of the founders of the United States of America, and explores the consequences of their actions (or inactions).

Ellis divides the book into six chapters, each revolving around a pivotal point in time, or around specific persons. People mentioned, specifically:
* George Washington,
* Alexander Hamilton,
* Aaron Burr,
* Thomas Jefferson,
* James Madison,
* Benjamin Franklin,
* John Adams, and
* Abigail Adams, his wife.

This book is more than an "autobiography" of the foundation of the country. Ellis dives into the relationships that these men, and woman, had with one another and explains, very well, why they were "Founding Brothers." It most certainly was a fraternity that built this country. Think about it, they put their names to a document that went right into the face of King George III, and that meant certain death had they lost the war with the British Empire.

I came away with the following insight after finishing the book:
* Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr both got what was coming to them.
* Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Munroe were vindictive curs. (Although Jefferson redeemed himself in 1812.)
* John Adams, and, more importantly, Abigail Adams, should be considered true American heroes. Especially Abigail; for all that she did for John, and the advancement of women.

I highly recommend this book to everybody--history buff or not.
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