Founding Brothers


Author: Ellis, Joseph J.
ISBN: 9780375705243 Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In this landmark work of history, the National Book AwardÑwinning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individualsÐHamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and MadisonÐconfronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.

The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding FathersÐre-examined here as Founding BrothersÐcombined 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 episodesÐHamilton and BurrÕs deadly duel, WashingtonÕs precedent-setting Farewell Address, AdamsÕ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capital, FranklinÕs attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and MadisonÕs attempts to block him, and Jefferson and AdamsÕ famous correspondenceÐFounding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nationÕs history.

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