American Creation

American Creation

Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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From the prize-winning author of the bestselling Founding brothers and American sphinx, a masterly and highly ironic examination of the founding years of our country. The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated and determined group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a time of triumphs; yet, as Joseph J. Ellis makes clear, it was also a time of tragedies--all of which contributed to the shaping of our burgeoning nation. From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, 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 shows us why the fact that it was brought about by a group, rather than by a single individual, distinguished it from the bloodier revolutions of other countries, and ultimately played a key role in determining its success.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Performers: Read by John H. Mayer.
ISBN: 9781415942772
Call Number: AXIS360 EAUDIOBOOK 973.3 ELLIS


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OhioEngineer Sep 11, 2014

Overall an enjoyable and educational discussion of the American founding. However, a couple of notes: first, this is not "American History 101." You will have to have a good understanding of early American History to follow Mr. Ellis, as he jumps around and skips major portions of the story. For example, there is very little detail of the Revolutionary War. Second, as noted above, he spends a lot of time on the slavery and native American issues. With regards to slavery, I didn't feel that he added much to what is already a well-known and tragic story. But in the case of the Indians, the author discloses in detail the noble attempts of the early American government (namely Washington and Knox) to deal fairly with this situation. This is a little known story and deserves to be told more widely. Again, overall a good listen. I consider myself somewhat of a history buff and yet learned a considerable amount.


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