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Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
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it was amazing

I knew I was gonna hate the reviews for "Founding Brothers" the moment I noticed its composite rating is, depressingly, less than four stars...

...Wait. Am I allowed to make fun of other reviewers on Goodreads? Will that get me banned?

I'll just say this: the word for a "nonsensical work" is "drivel," not "dribble." And "Founding Brothers" is not drivel. It's a beautifully written, smartly argued, and ACCESSIBLY succinct masterpiece (accessibly in caps because some Goodreaders seem to be under the impression that Ellis writes "purple prose" that's too full of "big words"... I dunno guys. He's writing about political disputes among aristocratic philosophers from the 18th century. What do you expect? Fucking "Frog and Toad are Friends"?). Its portraits of the "Revolutionary Generation" are human portraits, and Ellis resists the simplifying urges to make the Founders Gods (a la whatever story the right wing is telling you these days) or Monsters (a la whatever story the left wing is telling you these days). It's got me all fired up about American history again, and in October of 2016, that's a pretty weird feeling.

(To clarify, for you readers of the future out there: in October 2016, Trump wasn't yet president, so we still had a democracy to be excited about. And just what is this "democracy," you ask? Well, that's a long story. And you probably aren't allowed to hear it anyway, because your America is a totalitarian wasteland where any opinion other than "America is Great Again" will get you deported or killed.)
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October 2, 2016 – Started Reading
October 2, 2016 – Shelved
October 6, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Minton huh. dribble.


Jack Wolfe drives me crazy. i don't like "drivel," either... sounds too much like "pretentious 19th century british critic" speak. and horribly insulting to this book, which is well-researched and so well-written.


message 3: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Minton I think I prefer Frog and Toad


Jack Wolfe yeah. i hope it didn't sound like i was hating on frog and toad. i love and admire those guys. they just have different priorities than the founders.


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