Thursday, June 17, 2010

American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis

At the time of its founding, the United States of America was not the foregone conclusion we tend to think it was today. In American Creation, Ellis gives us the story of several important turning points in our country's creation, including both "Triumphs and Tragedies" as the subtitle describes. Ellis focuses on the individual leaders we know as the founding fathers rather than presenting the lives of the settlers and ordinary citizens. The book portrays a noble and Utopian group who, after fighting together to win independence, often fought against each other concerning the best possible government.

This book is in many ways an extension of Ellis' earlier Founding Brothers. Joseph J. Ellis is a Pulitzer prize winning historian who has written many very readable popular histories.

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