In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were
both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who
attended college. one at Princeton, the other at Columbia.and
studied law. Both were young staff officers under General George
Washington, and both became war heroes.
An illuminating study of the intertwined lives of the founders of
the American republic--John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin,
Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George
During the 1790s, which Ellis calls the most decisive decade in our
nation's history, the greatest statesmen of their generation--and
perhaps any--came together to define the new republic and direct
its course for the coming centuries.
From Pulitzer Prize–winning American historian Joseph J.
Ellis, the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having
just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing
power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
We all know the famous opening phrase of Lincoln’s Gettysburg
In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came
to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood
has written a book that seriously asks, .What made these men
great...and shows us, among many other things, just how much
character did in fact matter.