Ellis recounts the sometimes collaborative, sometimes archly antagonistic interactions between these men, and shows us the private characters behind the public personas: Adams, the ever-combative iconoclast, whose closest political collaborator was his wife, Abigail; Burr, crafty, smooth, and one of the most despised public figures of his time for ...
Ellis recounts the sometimes collaborative, sometimes archly antagonistic interactions between these men, and shows us the private characters behind the public personas: Adams, the ever-combative iconoclast, whose closest political collaborator was his wife, Abigail; Burr, crafty, smooth, and one of the most despised public figures of his time for killing in a duel Alexander Hamilton, whose audacious manner and deep economic savvy masked his humble origins; jefferson, renowned for his eloquence, but so reclusive and taciturn that he rarely spoke more than a few sentences in public; Madison, small, sickly, and paralyzingly shy, yet one of the most effective debaters of his generation; and the stiffly formal Washington, the ultimate realist, larger-than-life, and America's only truly indispensable figure. Ellis argues that the checks and balances that permitted the infant American republic to endure were primarily intensely personal, rooted in the interaction of leaders with quite different values and gives us a new perspective on the unpredictable forces that shape history.
Very Good in Good jacket. First Edition from the personal library of celebrated NC author, Reynolds Price, with examples of his characteristic unintelligible scrawlings on the front end paper. Cover clean, crisp, and bright without bumping rubbing or edge wear. Dust jacket is clean but shows signs of ordinary shelf wear. Dust jaket is now protected in a fresh Mylar sleeve. A very handsome, and somewhat collectible copy.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Inscribed to former Secretary of State WARREN CHRISTOPHER by ELLIS, saying Warren reminded him of Madison, etc. book has a type written note from Christpher's son stating that the book came from Christpher's... Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 304 p. Audience: Young adult.
As New. No Jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall 2007, Easton Press, Signed copy includes Certificate of Authenticity and note card, plus unattached Easton Bookplate. Signed by author on presentation page. Full genuine leather. Dark blue, nearly black leather, Gilt title. Gilt decoration on both covers. Spine states "Signed Edition" in gilt letters. Gilt title on spine, raised bands. All page edges are gilt. Silk ribbon, archival paper. Beautiful book. Index, As new, clean, unmarked, undamaged except faint scratches on gilt edge. 288 pages including index.
Very good, very good. 288, notes, index. Inscribed by the author. Inscribed and signed by the author, "For Melanie and Larry, In partial payment for your gracious hosting of Ms. Cohen! " This group portrait of the Founding Fathers emphasizes the sometimes intense associations and rivalries among Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr, Adams, Franklin, Madison, and Washington. Ellis focuses on six discrete moments facing the fragile new nation: Burr and Hamilton's deadly duel, and what may really have happened; Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison's secret dinner, during which the seat of the permanent capital was determined in exchange for passage of Hamilton's financial plan; Franklin's petition to end the "peculiar institution" of slavery--his last public act--and Madison's efforts to quash it; Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address announcing his retirement from public office and offering his country some final advice; Adam's difficult term as Washington's successor and his alleged scheme to pass the presidency on to his son; and Adams' and Jefferson's renewed correspondence at the end of their lives, in which they compared their different views of the Revolution and its legacy. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for History.
New. B003YMIYAO Book is brand new. Excellent copy. Signed by the author. Ships quickly! 100% of book sales go towards promoting the International Book Project's mission of promoting literacy in the developing world. 100% of proceeds help send books overseas to schools and libraries throughout the developing world.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) Bright, crisp, unclipped dust jacket. Tight binding, solid boards with sharp corners, clean unmarked pages throughout. Signed by Ellis on title page. 1st edition, 1st printing.
This was like being in high school history class. I read maybe 1 chapter. Most boring book I read for our bookclub, and always loved history until this book.
Dec 22, 2011
Really makes one understand how the political process works. Puts a human face on our founding fathers.The nitty details of what it takes to make the first true democracy work. Every high school political history class should read and discuss a segment of this book.
Apr 28, 2009
Reads like a good history, mystery, and philosophy
I have now purchased this title in CD, and two paperbacks. Whenever I try to explain the American character, I find myself referring back to this text and buying it as a gift. Because they did not know in advance that they would not end up hanging either together or separately, these American Revolutionaries behaved with the highest integrity possible and trusted each other's sense of honor and integrity. Character mattered because integrity mattered, and Ellis explores these historical greats' characters with wit, compassion and wisdom in prose that is easy to read and enjoy. From unravelling the mystery of who first pulled the triggter in the Hamilton-Burr duel to the final exchange of letters between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who died within hours of each other on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, this is a terrific read!
Oct 19, 2008
Ellis is phenominal
Joseph Ellis does an exceptional job of bringing out the relationships between the early leaders of our country. He is able to personify the subjects allowing them to become more then mere facts in a textbook and provides remarkable insight into the challenges they faced.
Oct 4, 2007
It's a good book, very entertaining, but I am not sure how mr. Ellis came about some of his 'facts'. THe stories are good, but there are some holes that Mr. Ellis obviously speculated about. This should not be the last book someone reads on the founding fathers.
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