Founding Brothers - Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Brothers

By Joseph J. Ellis

  • Release Date: 2000-10-17
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 209 Ratings


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.


  • Not the best, not the worst.

    By NathanBailey73
    Quite a boring book. A lot of unnecessary information. Only about half of the pages actually captivated my attention span.
  • Only for school

    By baby boo boo123
    Doing this because I need a late project done and I have already turned in book but saw this price tag and I'm done not for 12 bucks this book is horrible it may have a few good insights but otherwise it's a goodnight sleep pill never read unless you long for sleep or your a student who needs to and any history teacher that sees this: do not force kids to read this just don't we wonder why they don't want to read and we hand them this crap we call good books.
  • Great insight, well documented.

    By Mkceak
    To many quote and interpret the constitution to fit their own ideology without understanding the thought and struggles that went into creating it. This book leaves you wondering where the great political minds of our generation are hiding yet humanizes the men that formed our government. It also shows you how fragile our early government was and that partisan politics is as old as our constitution. An interesting read for those looking for more insights into the thoughts of our founding fathers.
  • Such Confusion

    By Jdbfjsh
    Much letters. Such words. Many confusions. Little fun. Much torture. Run while you still can.
  • Way overpriced

    By Skaternoel03
    It should be $5 at the most. Worst book ever.