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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Founding Brothers The Revolutionary Generation
Author: Joseph J. Ellis
In this landmark work of history, the National Book Award-winning author of American Sphinx 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. — The United States...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780375705243
ISBN-10: 0375705244
Publication Date: 2/5/2002
Pages: 304
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3.8 stars, based on 107 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Loved the subject matter, but the writing was a little over the top. He could have said things more succinctly, but I liked the research and organization. Definitely worth the read.
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This book provides several views of history in which the average person is unlikely to have access. An entertaining, historical read.
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Interesting balance of political ideas and personalities of founders such as Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams, and Washington.

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  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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There were some fascinating parts of this book that I really enjoyed. "The Duel" about Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton during which Hamilton is shot and dies a day later from his injury was quite interesting. Likewise, "The Dinner" and "The Friendship" were fun to read. The former is about a dinner given by Thomas Jefferson was described by Jefferson from his biased viewpoint as he attempted to bring Alexander Hamilton and James Madison together to exchange and hopefully moderate their political views. The friendship between Adams and Jefferson was discontinued for many years due to differing political views. When it resumes after they both retired the two men rediscovered what they liked about one another. I have read several books about both and enjoyed the detail in this one that expounded on the friendship.
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As per our daughter who needed to read this for her high school history class-"this book was pretty good."


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