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
This is a sentence found on page 80 of Joseph J. Ellis's Foundi ...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
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
The first founding declared American independence; the second, American nationhood.
The United States should have faltered in the 1790s, it's really amazing that it didn't. No money, squabbling amon ...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
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
For anyone interested in the earliest days of the American republic, this book is a must-read. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis transports us to the tumultuous years after the Revolutionary War, during which our Founding F ...more
In Founding Brothers, he takes us into the heads of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison in this captivating short read, a collection of essays taking off from events of the time including a duel, a dinner, a departure from office and a correspondence.
Jefferson and Adams are of particular interest ...more
I only read this book because I am obsessed with the musical Hamilton.
I hate to be that kind of person. And I know I’m not the only one who’s obsessed, but I’ve been a huge Lin-Manuel Miranda fan ever since I moved 500 miles away from home at age 24 while sobbing along to the finale of In the Heights. It's a song all about understanding what “home” means, and as I drove across the mountains of West Virginia towards the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I realized that, even tho ...more
I didn't like Ellis' writing much: I found it to be plodding and he is fond of overusing certain words, such as, weird ...more