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American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic By Joseph J. Ellis John H. Mayer, American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies in In American Creation, Ellis, a historian and a Founder biographer he has written well received biographies of John Adams, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson returns to the style of Founding Brothers for six episodes focusing on the American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding Jan , American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J Ellis Joseph Ellis is fast becoming one of the leading history writers for mainstream America I do not say this to belittle his work, but rather to praise it Ellis is able to take the events and turn them into a comprehensive story. American Creation American Creation NPR Jan , American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J Ellis Customer reviews American Creation Triumphs In American Creation, Ellis, a historian and a Founder biographer he has written well received biographies of John Adams, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson returns to the style of Founding Brothers for six episodes focusing on the Review of American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies At Jul , Review of American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies At The Founding of the Republic by Joseph J Ellis Posted on by rhapsodyinbooks Note This

  • Title: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
  • Author: Joseph J. Ellis John H. Mayer
  • ISBN: 9780739331927
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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, HFrom 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 important than ever.
    American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic 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 na

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    1. In this little gem of a book, Joseph J Ellis argues that one venerable interpretation of the founding of the United States, namely that it was a clash between democracy and aristocracy, is flawed None of the Founders, even Jefferson, regarded democracy as a goal All of the Founders were what we would call elitists In fact, the term democracy was considered an epithet The core question was rather how to create a viable nation state The clash was between those who favored a wholly sovereign nation [...]

    2. This book was very easy to read and really got me psyched up about the era of the American Revolution The author simultaneously points out the genius as well as the personal ambitions failings quirks of the founders It s refreshing to read an account of history that isn t putting a sugar coat on everything, but also isn t bashing our beloved founding fathers This book prompted me to start reading Undaunted Courage, because he does a grat job pointing out the importance of the Louisiana Purchase [...]

    3. So even though I m not a 5th grade teacher any , I can t shake the early American history addiction This book holds a nice sweeping portrayal of the founding years and ties a lot of things together It makes me want to read about Thomas Jefferson There were many issues presented that were new to me such as the importance of the constant argument between states rights and federal power, and the impetus behind the Louisiana Purchase I agree with most of what the author postulates in this book exce [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be refreshing, especially as a read during an major election I feel a bit better about the constant partisan arguments, lies and exaggerations, posturing, etc The debate is part of the point of how our democracy is set up and our beloved founding fathers engaged in the same partisan lies and exaggerations that parties engage in today I m not saying it s right I m only saying there is a bit of relief in knowing we ve made it through before and we can mak [...]

    5. Although difficult to enjoy at first due to the author s extremely intellectual and impressive use of the English language and quoted passages, when focused on specific topics in our nation s founding, like failed federal Indian policy preservation and the origins of our two party political system, this book was very enjoyable and interesting.

    6. There are some good bits to this book, and some things I learned, but the author took a loose theme triumphs and tragedies and shoved it down the reader s throat The essay format works nicely, but only when it s not overdone.

    7. Read this in between finals grading to get a break, always been a fan of Ellis writing and thinking There s plenty of overlap with Founding Brothers and American Sphinx, but I still enjoyed and learned a lot from American Creation It basically tackles major periods or moments in the revolutionary in vivid, interesting chapters that treat one major figure as the main character It covers the Declaration, Valley Forge, the Constitution and Federalist v Anti Federalist debates, the formation of the [...]

    8. This is my second attempt to read this book I am interested in history and the nation s founding, but wow, I could not handle this author I m not sure the audience he intended I think he was writing for other scholars on the topic of the nation s foundation and not for those wanting to learn the history He starts off arguing which scholarly viewpoint was correct and then he offers his own explanation I wasn t really interested in the viewpoints scholars are arguing about I also found him arroga [...]

    9. Covers quite a bit of ground in bite sized portions Ellis offers an intriguing take on the American founding through a few key moments from 1775 1803 I don t agree with all of his conclusions, but he does a good job outlining all the complexities of the various situations, especially excelling with the Continental Army s time at Valley Forge and the writing and ratification of the Constitution He gets a bit overly rhapsodic when it comes to pushing his triumphs tragedies theme sometimes, but his [...]

    10. Joseph Ellis has already authored a number of very well received books on early American history Founding Brothers, American Sphinx focusing on Thomas Jefferson , and His Excellency about George Washington This book is yet another very nice contribution to our understanding of the period from the Declaration of Independence through the early 19th Century The subtitle, perhaps, says a great detail about the content of this book Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic Ellis notes in [...]

    11. In the Forward, Mr Ellis relates a question he was asked why do we have to choose between Bush and Kerry when 200 years ago they could choose from Adams and Jefferson I love that question because it captures very well the feeling today that we re faced with less than perfect choices whereas the men who founded this nation are regarded essentially as demigods And while Ellis acknowledges his admiration and awe at what the Founding Fathers accomplished, he also realizes that they were just as huma [...]

    12. This was an interesting book in a lot of ways First I will talk about the good stuff The writing was superb and it flowed very well within the capters and was just well done The author really chose topics for each chapter and talked about how the founding fathers really dealt with them, etc For a history buff there was some great behind the scene things that were interesting to know That I enjoyed it very much.The one thing that sort of bothered me was that each chapter kind of felt like its own [...]

    13. I found this book to be very educational and a quick read So much gets glossed over in our education on the founding fathers, and you develop these unrealistic images of them Its fascinating to read about what they were really like and how things actually went down I gained a much greater appreciation of the dilema of how to balance state power vs federal power, especially when you re trying to overthrow a monarchy but you need to organize a united army I never realized how close we were to aba [...]

    14. Ellis continues to prove why he s a master of early American non fiction Rather than try to write an epic account of the creation of our national government, he focuses on elucidating a few critical thematic threads that were sorely lacking in my education I particularly enjoyed his account of the time at Valley Forge and his exploration of relations between the national government and Native Americans Ellis s argument certainly owes a debt to Gordon S Wood s The American Revolution, in his disc [...]

    15. Joseph Ellis is a wonderful storyteller, plain and simple American Creation serves as a sort of sequel to Founding Brothers, Ellis most popular book and greatest writing achievement That is not to sell American Creation short, however Exactly like in Founding Brothers, this historical narrative is broken into several chapters, each telling a distinct story in U S history The focus of American Creation occurs during Thomas Jeffrrson s presidency His Louisiana Purchase and the repercussions of the [...]

    16. This was an excellent book and a high quality audio CD I was somewhat concerned when I saw this book was being read by the same reader asAmerican Lion A Biography of President Andrew Jackson, a less rewarding experience than I was hoping for Fortunately, this was not the case.For starters, this was an unabridged audio recording, so every word Ellis put down including chapter headings was read For another, Ellis style is smooth and moves chronologically About the only bad thing I could say of the [...]

    17. Without a doubt one of the finest works i have ever read books on American history I have read a lot.This book spends it time in the crucial phases of the developmental of out system of government from it s first days to past Monroe.These men we giants and I doubt that there are few living in our political system that would even come close to what these men took on without spin misters, corrupt media and days false adds Jeopardy Answer John Adams The question WHO was referred to as as the Atlas [...]

    18. This book consists of a series of linked essays regarding what the author sees as problematic, often misrepresented or misunderstood, events in the early history of America from about 1775 until the Missouri Compromise of 1820 Much of the author s arguments run contrary to the simple, idealized portrayals of these events and of the figures prominent in them that one reads in general surveys intended for students or the general public Jefferson, for instance, is protrayed rather negatively as an [...]

    19. American Creation Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J EllisJoseph Ellis is fast becoming one of the leading history writers for mainstream America I do not say this to belittle his work, but rather to praise it Ellis is able to take the events and turn them into a comprehensive story The purpose of this selection is to tell the story of the formative years of the American Republic Each chapter discusses a specific event in American history He then uses each event t [...]

    20. I read this to fill in a few of the considerable gaps in my knowledge of American history I found Ellis readable and entertaining, especially his chapters on the Continental Army at Valley Forge and the Louisiana Purchase His portraits of Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Washington are compelling and complex Ellis sets out to present the founding generation as neither saints nor villains He shows how the founding was the product of some brilliant individuals but also of the historical climate that [...]

    21. Get up to speed on the establishment of the United States, the players, the factions, the pressures and the conflicts, especially if you intend to have an argument about the intentions of the framers They fought and they compromised It becomes evident that all sides if the debates were important in the formation of our political tradition, a hybrid system with authority spread out to the states as well as in the federal government However, Ellis solemnly explains some of the failures of the proc [...]

    22. Did you know that at one point a newspaper owned by Benjamin Franklin ran an oped that President George Washington was just as bad as King George III True story One of many such stories in this book that add much needed illumination to who the Founders were, and what they were trying to achieve This book covers key events from the founding era, and uses them to highlight the successes, and failures, of the founding of the US I highly recommend this book, especially in today s climate where the F [...]

    23. Interesting tidbits about three areas of the early days of the Republic Madison s thoughts on how the Constitution should be written, the handling of the Indian issue, and the Louisiana Purchase Though well written the assembly of the subjects seemed kind of random It s almost as if the author needed a few extra bucks so he threw this book together.

    24. If you thought today s politics was dirty you really need to read this book Ellis s observations shine a light on some of the origins of today s issues.

    25. In another series of essays, Ellis again enlightens and entertains In place of the black and white, almost religious fable of the founding of the country, Ellis brings the messy, ambiguous reality of the early days of the Republic In the first Chapter as an illustration, Ellis chronicles the dynamics of public opinion and the clash between the colonists and the Crown He states, In my judgment the calculated decision to make the American Revolution happen in slow motion was a creative act of stat [...]

    26. Joseph J Ellis s ability to place historical anecdotes within highly readable, engaging prose is right up there with the Chernows and McCulloughs of the literary world Washington s time at Valley Forge, James Madison s switch from being a died in the wool supporter of the Federalists to a Republican president, Thomas Jefferson s inner struggle over whether to expand executive authority to make the Louisiana Purchse many small stories are examined in an attempt to see just how multi faceted the e [...]

    27. My very first history book review was on Ellis His Excellency George Washington, years later I am now reviewing another one of his books American Creation focuses on six early episodes that were significant to the establishment of the Republic Ellis book discusses the significance of everything that went on in 1776, the winter at Valley Forge, the Constitutional Convention, the formation of the two party system, and the Louisiana Purchase This book is both easy to read and very informative.One o [...]

    28. Ellis takes a clearly pedantic path, kindly informing us he s going to set us straight on how the Founding really occurred while pointing out to us all the mistakes of other historians His intent is stay above the post Y2K social media style of writing and reporting on historical events and persons in a purely tabloid way, so no one is hauled through mud or hung in effigy in the pages of his book However, having said that for him, I still believe he lets GW and Jefferson off too lightly for bein [...]

    29. I was fascinated the first half or so which I listened to as an audio book , which delves into the fractured nature of our early nation and demonstrates convincingly that only in hindsight was there anything like a clear path ahead In fact, there were any number of ways things could have gone, not just during the Revolutionary War, but in the aftermath of its success The latter part of the book certainly had its interesting moments the nation making Louisiana Purchase, our horribly botched handl [...]

    30. I don t read many histories, but this book was exceptional among the ones I have read The author chose a few events or ideas surrounding the founding and early formulation of the United States, and explored them deeply and objectively, casting the founding fathers as people, rather than gods, making decisions that were subject to personal strengths and failings and external circumstance It approaches each of its subjects analytically, and while interesting even to someone who doesn t have deep k [...]

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