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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER - NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A landmark work of history explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals--Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison--confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

"A splendid book--humane, learned, written with flair and radiant with a calm intelligence and wit." --The New York Times Book Review

The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers--re-examined here as Founding Brothers--combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes--Hamilton and Burr's deadly duel, Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams' administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, Franklin's attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison's attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams' famous correspondence--Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation's history.

Author: Joseph J. Ellis
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 02/05/2002
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.51lbs
Size: 7.84h x 5.48w x 0.65d
ISBN: 9780375705243

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 12.8
Point Value: 22
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 49821 / Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Review Citation(s):
New York Times 02/03/2002 pg. 32
Entertainment Weekly 03/15/2002 pg. 71
Business Week 07/01/2002 pg. 23
New York Times 06/05/2005 pg. 30

About the Author
JOSEPH J. ELLIS is the author of many works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. He recently retired from his position as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and their youngest son.

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