American Creation

American Creation

Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic

Audiobook CD - 2007
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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.
Publisher: Books on Tape, 2007.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781415942758
Call Number: 973.3 ELLIS
Characteristics: 18 CD's
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
United States -- History -- 1783-1815.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
Compact discs, Book.
National characteristics, American.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Politicians -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Statesmen -- United States -- History -- 18th century.

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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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