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American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis
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Aug 10, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

I think I've read every book by Joseph Ellis - each of his biographies of the founding fathers (Washington, Adams and Jefferson) and of course "Founding Brothers" which was excellent. "American Creation" was in the same vein of "Founding Brothers" - telling anecdotes about events during the Revolutionary War period and the first 25 years of the Republic. Ellis is very readable - not at all stuffy, which can be a danger given the subject matter. I liked this book's emphasis on the Native American question and how badly it was botched, despite some enlightened thinking at the time. This book is definitely worth reading, though I would start with "Founding Brothers".

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