Friday, May 11, 2012
Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
I actually first read this book back as an undergradudate as it was required for a class. It STILL is on my shelf, which says a lot, in my opinion! Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis is a look at the founding generation and the first years of the new government. Ellis focuses on the group that led these years, including the current present, George Washington, and many future presidents: Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. Ellis uses 6 defining "moments" to wade through this period and highlight how this group worked together. For instance, he uses the Burr/Hamilton duel and then the the "secret dinner" where the capital was settled as well as Washington's Farewell Address. I highly recommend this book for one on the early years of the US.