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American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis
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Apr 03, 2009

really liked it
Read in September, 2008

To me, this provided a more "up close and personal" viewpoint of the thought processes, passions and contributions of several of the key "founding fathers" as opposed to my previous impressions and text book understanding. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Adams, George Washington are the primary players here. I read this in Sept. 2008, at the height of the 2008 Presidential race, which provided a very interesting perspective to me of modern American politics and argument. One of the most enjoyable anf informative books I've read in 20 years. Great for political wonks. I had no idea that James Madison had such a key role in framing the most important structure of America's hallowed goverment assumptions: Balance of Power and the creation of the 3 branches of goverment.

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