Ratings : 8892

Review : 427


Published : Oct. 30, 2007

By : Alfred A. Knopf/Random House (NY/Toronto)

Language : eng

Paperback : 299 Pages

Published : Oct. 30, 2007

By : Alfred A. Knopf/Random House (NY/Toronto)

Language : eng

Paperback : 299 Pages

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

8892 Ratings - 427 Review

An ironic examination of the founding years of the United States of America. Historian Ellis guides readers thru the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of now iconic leaders. 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. He details the emergence of the two-party system--then a political novelty--which today stands as the founders' most enduring legacy. But Ellis is equally incisive about their failures, making 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. Ellis strips the mythic veneer of the revolutionary generation to reveal men possessed of both brilliance and blindness.



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ABOUT Joseph J. Ellis

Joseph J. Ellis, a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, is a nationally recognized scholar of American history from colonial times through the early decades of the Republic. The author of seven books, he is recipient of the National Book Award in Nonfiction for American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson and the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers. He lives in Massachusetts.