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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph J. Ellis Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams. He casts an incisive eye on the founders’ achievements, arguing that the American Revolution was, paradoxically, an evolution–and that part of what made it so extraordinary was the gradual pace at which it occurred. He explains how the idea of a strong federal government was eventually embraced by the American people, and details the emergence of the two-party system, which stands as the founders’ most enduring legacy.

Ellis is equally incisive about their failures, and he makes 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. With eloquence and insight, Ellis strips the mythic veneer of the revolutionary generation to reveal men both human and inspired, possessed of both brilliance and blindness. American Creation is an audiobook that delineates an era of flawed greatness, at a time when understanding our origins is more important than ever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Illuminating . . . Compelling . . . It is Mr. Ellis's achievement that he once again leaves us with a keen appreciation of the good fortune America had in having the right men in the right places at the right times. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • Ellis is a storyteller, and a superb one too. He employs the same narrative technique he developed most successfully in Founding Brothers. Throughout there is the same captivating colloquial style for which he is famous, and the same clarity of exposition. Gordon S. Wood, New York Review of Books
  • Joseph J. Ellis' Founding Brothers won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in history. American Creation is at least its equal and perhaps its superior. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Mr. Ellis humanizes the founding generation without tearing them down--a delicate operation in a politically charged time. The New York Sun
  • He writes history as it should be: as a page-turner. Library Journal
  • This subtle, brilliant examination puts Ellis among the finest of America's narrative historians. Publishers Weekly
  • His books on early American history are national treasures. Roger Bishop, Bookpage
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce | 2/7/2014

    " Reading this work raised the question of war experience on Constitutional interpretation by Federal jurists e.g. John Marshall (was at Valley Forge). It also notes the flip-flops and duplicity of the Founders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 2/4/2014

    " Ellis has a remarkable capacity to make history readable. Wonderful. Should be required reading for high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lara | 1/26/2014

    " I think I've read every book by Joseph Ellis - each of his biographies of the founding fathers (Washington, Adams and Jefferson) and of course "Founding Brothers" which was excellent. "American Creation" was in the same vein of "Founding Brothers" - telling anecdotes about events during the Revolutionary War period and the first 25 years of the Republic. Ellis is very readable - not at all stuffy, which can be a danger given the subject matter. I liked this book's emphasis on the Native American question and how badly it was botched, despite some enlightened thinking at the time. This book is definitely worth reading, though I would start with "Founding Brothers". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rps2 Seawright | 1/20/2014

    " Very enlightening with regard to the issue of federal power/states' rights issue. Very readable. "

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