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|From the prizewinning author of the best-sellingFounding BrothersandAmerican Sphinx, a masterly and highly ironic examination of the founding years of our country. The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated and determined group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a time of triumphs; yet, as Joseph J. Ellis makes clear, it was also a time of tragediesall of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning nation. From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of our now iconic leadersWashington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams. He casts an incisive eye on the founders' achievements, arguing that the American Revolution was, paradoxically, an evolutionand that part of what made it so extraordinary was the gradual pace at which it occurred. He shows us why the fact that it was brought about by a group, rather than by a single individual, distinguished it from the bloodier revolutions of other countries, and ultimately played a key role in determining its success. He explains how the idea of a strong federal government, championed by Washington, was eventually embraced by the American people, the majority of whom had to be won over, as they feared an absolute power reminiscent of the British Empire. And he details the emergence of the two-party systemthen a political noveltywhich today stands as the founders' most enduring legacy. But Ellis is equally incisive about their failures, and he makes clear how their inability to abolish slavery and to reach a just settlement with the Native Americans has played an equally important role in shaping our national character. He demonstrates how these misjudgments, now so abundantly evident, were not necessarily inevitable. We learn of the negotiations between Henry Knox and Alexander McGillivray, the most talented Indian statesman of his time, which began in good faith and ended in disaster. And we come to understand how a political solution to slavery required the kind of robust federal power that the Jeffersonians viewed as a betrayal of their most deeply held principles. With eloquence and insight, Ellis strips the mythic veneer of the revolutionary generation to reveal men both human and inspired, possessed of both brilliance and blindness.American Creationis a book that delineates an era of flawed greatness, at a time when understanding our origins is more important than ever.|
|Author||Joseph J. Ellis|
|Number Of Pages||304 pages|
|Publisher||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|LC Classification Number||E302.1.E44 2007|
|"Illuminating . . . Compelling . . . It is Mr. Ellis's achievement that he once again leaves us with a keen appreciation of the good fortune America had in having the right men in the right places at the right times."--Michiko Kakutani,The New York Times "Ellis is a storyteller, and a superb one too. He employs the same narrative technique he developed most successfully inFounding Brothers. Throughout there is the same captivating colloquial style for which he is famous, and the same clarity of exposition." --Gordon S. Wood,New York Review of Books "Joseph J. Ellis'Founding Brotherswon the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in history.American Creationis at least its equal and perhaps its superior." --Richmond Times-Dispatch "Mr. Ellis humanizes the founding generation without tearing them down--a delicate operation in a politically charged time." --The New York Sun "He writes history as it should be: as a page-turner." --Library Journal "This subtle, brilliant examination puts Ellis among the finest of America's narrative historians." --Publishers Weekly "His books on early American history are national treasures." --Roger Bishop,Bookpage From the Hardcover edition.|
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If you are looking for an explanation and an understanding of the founding of the United States this is a great book to start your journey. Then continue reading the authors other titles: Founding Brothers, His Excellency: George Washington, The First Family, American Sphinx, The Character of Thomas Jefferson. Also, David McCullough's 1776 and John Adams should be included in your understanding of this country's founding. However, American Creation should be your starting point and then after completing the reading list above ponder this question; What would Thomas Jefferson think of the Tea Party?
The birth of the U.S. was a bitterly contested affair from the first shots at Lexington and Concord to our purchase of the Louisiana territory. Ellis begins with the rebellion to the Constitutional Convention.
A must read for history buffs. Joseph Ellis has written a brilliant examination that covers the period between the War of Independence and the Louisiana Purchase. Well researched....highly recommend!
As the subtitle indicates, this book tells both sides of the story: the tragedies as well as the triumphs that occurred at the founding of the nation. All the founders, especially Jefferson -- perhaps our greatest president ever -- espoused "All men are created equal." Yet they found no way to eliminate the horrendous stain of slavery. And with that failure, the inevitability of the Civil War. Secondly, the failure to reach a just settlement with the Native Americans was equally hypocritical of them, and a great lack of political leadership. Both of these failures continue to reflect poorly on are legacy as "the greatest republican/democratic nation in the world."
I bought this book because it was assigned reading in a Political Science class. It is well written and interesting, not dry and boring like some history of government books are. The author has a way of keeping the reader's attention.
I needed the book for school, so i loved that it was a lot cheaper then having to go to barnes and nobles and buying a new one when i don't really want the book in the first place...