Revolutionary Summer

b00a5mrg6e-01-lBook #3: Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence , Joseph J. Ellis

The summer of 1776 was perhaps the most important summer in American history.  In it, the colonies declared independence in the chambers of the Continental Congress and on the battlefield.  In this masterful recounting of our founding summer, Joseph Ellis interweaves the political and military events that established the United States as a new nation.  He describes the key characters and illuminates the interactions between Great Britain and the US colonies.  This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in early American History.

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Founding Brothers

51kjtm7pcrlBook #28: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, Joseph J. Ellis

The Revolutionary era was an important and iconic era of our history.  And with 200 years of retrospection, it is often easy to romanticize the constitutional era and believe that it was a period of ideological clarity and political unanimity.  We often view the founding fathers as a generation of compatriots who worked together to build the nation we enjoy today.  And while these men were all motivated by a unified vision for an American nation, their ideas for how that nation should be build were often vastly different.  This is a fascinating look into the politics of the 1790’s and is a detailed accounting of a generation who gave of their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to give us the nation that we enjoy today.

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