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American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
     

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

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by Joseph J. Ellis
 

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From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Joseph J. 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 leaders–Washington,

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American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Ceal52 More than 1 year ago
While I have read and enjoyed many books about the early years of our country's life, this one stood out for me. Certainly, Ellis' easy reading style was a contributing factor. Nevertheless, the baseline concept and its delivery were the most significant reasons I thoroughly enjoyed this book. After providing a cogent "first year" foundation, Ellis outlined five events and the dialogue, issues, and history that led up to them; and why they were, and are, important to understand. These five watershed events were compelling for me, as Ellis painted the pictures: the winter at Valley Forge, the birthing of the Constitution, a first treaty with a Native American nation, the early years of infighting and beginning of the two-party system, and finally the Louisiana Purchase. While other authors have dealt with some of these events and people before, Ellis brings in new and fresh viewpoints of interest today. The challenges of federal versus state governance are certainly of relevance considering the challenges facing states and the federal government to work together to resolve the devastating financial crisis we are in. A significant asset for the US throughout its history-its large space and the impact it has had on people's passions and desires-again another current topic considering that large landscape now through a lens of water shortages and environmental pressures. In addition, Ellis provided new insights for students of Washington, Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and others. However, he also brought in less studied players, such as, Alexander McGillivray. Overall, as Ellis stated in The Founding chapter: "The American founding was, and still is, a group portrait." A pithy read, prompting interesting dialogues! Nicely painted!
cato More than 1 year ago
This book takes an interesting look at the founding generation. It celebrates the accomplishments of these gentlemen such as the Louisiana Purchase and the Constitution. This book also takes a look at the shortcomings of this group such as their inability to solve the slavery issue and having a successful Indian policy. It views these failures with historical perspective however because of the unknown consequences of the Louisiana Purchase and the invention of the cotton gin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book/cd about the early days of the US. Especially interesting: why Madison changed from a federalist to an anti-federalist and the details of the Louisiana Purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, after Founding Brothers and His Excellency, I was wondering if there was a bunch more to know about this generation. With Creation - YES. I'm almost through the book. Well-written, poised, insightful. I can't put it down. Highly recommend.
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I have always liked Ellis books and this one is no different. This is a great read and does a good job at explaining the trials the Founding Fathers had when creating this great country.
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SAM1954 More than 1 year ago
This was an OK book, but I did not think it was as good as Founding Brothers. As an historian it told me little new. It would probably read better to a casual reader.
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