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Ellis, Joseph J.

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Founding Brothers : the Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

78 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 5,357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes material on John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington
His Excellency : George Washington by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

44 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 4,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing from the newly catalogued Washington papers at the University of Virginia, the author paints a full portrait of Washington's life and career in the context of eighteenth-century America, richly detailing his private life and illustrating the ways in which it influenced his public persona. When Washington died in 1799, Ellis tells us, he was eulogized as "first in the hearts of his countrymen." Since then, however, his image has been chiseled onto Mount Rushmore and printed on the dollar bill. He is on our landscape and in our wallets but not, Ellis argues, in our hearts. Ellis strips away the ivy and legend that have grown up over the Washington statue and recovers the flesh-and-blood man in all his passionate and fully human prowess. In the pantheon of our republic's founders, there were many outstanding individuals. And yet each of them, Franklin, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, acknowledged Washington to be his superior, the only indispensable figure, the one and only: "His Excellency." Both physically and politically, Washington towered over his peers for reasons this book elucidates. His Excellency is a full, glorious, and multifaceted portrait of the man behind our country's genesis
American sphinx : the character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

45 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, the author sifts the facts from legends and rumors, treading a path between vilification and hero worship in order to formulate a plausible portrait of the man who still today "hover(s) over the political scene like one of those dirigibles cruising above a crowded football stadium, flashing words of inspiration to both teams."
Revolutionary summer : the birth of American independence by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer-winning American historian Joseph Ellis tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country's founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain's Admiral Lord Richard Howe and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.--From publisher description
The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 2,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement."
First family : Abigail and John by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John and Abigail Adams left a remarkable portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was the more gifted), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills them to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. Ellis describes their first meeting as inauspicious--John was twenty-four, Abigail just fifteen, and each was entirely unimpressed. But they soon began a passionate correspondence that resulted in their marriage five years later. Over the next decades, the couple were separated nearly as much as they were together. When John became president, Abigail's health led to reservations about moving to the swamp on the Potomac, but he persuaded her that he needed his closest advisor by his side. Here, John and Abigail's relationship unfolds in the context of America's birth as a nation.--From publisher description
His Excellency : George Washington by Joseph J Ellis( Recording )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 1,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the French and Indian War to Mount Vernon, from the American Revolution to the presidency, Ellis delivers what will stand the test of time as the definitive biography of the greatest American icon
Passionate sage : the character and legacy of John Adams by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readers will discover Adams to be both contentious and lovable, generous and petty, and the most intellectually profound of the revolutionary generation, a man who may have contributed to the earlier underestimates of his role in history, and whose perspective on America's prospects has relevance for us today
Founding brothers : the revolutionary generation by Joseph J Ellis( Recording )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 Washington.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. Ellis focuses on six discrete moments that exemplify the most crucial issues facing the fragile new nation: Burr and Hamilton's deadly duel, and what may have really happened; Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison's secret dinner, during which the seat of the permanent capital was determined in exchange for passage of Hamilton's financial plan; Franklin's petition to end the "peculiar institution" of slavery--his last public act--and Madison's efforts to quash it; Washington's precedent-setting Farewell Address, announcing his retirement from public office and offering his country some final advice; Adams's difficult term as Washington's successor and his alleged scheme to pass the presidency on to his son; and finally, Adams and Jefferson's renewed correspondence at the end of their lives, in which they compared their different views of the Revolution and its legacy.In a lively and engaging narrative, Ellis recounts the sometimes collaborative, sometimes archly antagonistic interactions between these men, and shows us the private characters behind the public personas: Adams, the ever-combative iconoclast, whose closest political collaborator was his wife, Abigail; Burr, crafty, smooth, and one of the most despised public figures of his time; Hamilton, whose audacious manner and deep economic savvy masked his humble origins; Jefferson, renowned for his eloquence, but so reclusive and taciturn that he rarely spoke more than a few sentences in public; Madison, small, sickly, and paralyzingly shy, yet one of the most effective debaters of his generation; and the stiffly formal Washington, the ultimate realist, larger-than-life, and America's only truly indispensable figure.Ellis argues that the checks and balances that permitted the infant American republic to endure were not primarily legal, constitutional, or institutional, but intensely personal, rooted in the dynamic interaction of leaders with quite different visions and values. Revisiting the old-fashioned idea that character matters, Founding Brothers informs our understanding of American politics--then and now--and gives us a new perspective on the unpredictable forces that shape history
After the Revolution : profiles of early American culture by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Founding brothers by History Channel (Television network)( Visual )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1 begins with a look at two of the many crises faced by George Washington during his term as America's first president. At a time when any conflict had the potential to dissolve the fragile union, Washington surrounded himself with brilliant men who were bound by their undying devotion to America, but who were often bitterly divided about how best to serve their common cause. Volume 2 explores the ideological conflict that existed between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton and highlights Washington's farewell address. Volume 3 portrays the bitterly contested presidential election of 1796 and the difficult administration of John Adams. Volume 4 concludes with the poignant tale of the reconciliation between Adams and Jefferson, and the story of the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
American creation : triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the Republic by Joseph J Ellis( Recording )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the early years of the American Republic analyzes the eventful last quarter of the eighteenth century, the accomplishments of the American founders, and the triumphs and failures that shaped the early nation and the American character
Brotherhood of the Revolution how America's founders forged a new nation by Joseph J Ellis( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronological survey of the period from 1763 to 1800 and examination of the American Revolution. Key figures discussed include: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, Joseph Plumb Martin, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
Revolutionary summer : the birth of American independence by Joseph J Ellis( Recording )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph J. Ellis' focus: the summer of 1776, the most dramatic few months in the story of our country's founding. The thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire. At the same time, the British dispatched the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic; it cruised off the coast of Staten Island in early July. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them
The New England mind in transition; Samuel Johnson of Connecticut, 1696-1772 by Joseph J Ellis( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First family : [Abigail and John] by Joseph J Ellis( Recording )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of "Founding Brothers" and "His Excellency" brings America's preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the republic's tenuous early years
The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J Ellis( Recording )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"--
Thomas Jefferson : genius of liberty by Library of Congress( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines and illustrates the largest assemblage of Jefferson documents from the rare and historical holdings of the Library of Congress
What did the Declaration declare?( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Founding Brothers : the Revolutionary Generation
Alternative Names
Ioseph Ioannes Ellis

Joseph Ellis Amerikaans historicus

Joseph Ellis historiador estadounidense

Joseph Ellis historien américain

Joseph Ellis US-amerikanischer Historiker

جوزف الیس

ジョゼフ・エリス

约瑟夫·埃利斯

Languages
English (356)

German (11)

Chinese (2)

Dutch (2)

Thai (2)

French (1)

Italian (1)

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His Excellency : George WashingtonAmerican sphinx : the character of Thomas JeffersonFirst family : Abigail and JohnHis Excellency : George WashingtonPassionate sage : the character and legacy of John AdamsFounding brothers : the revolutionary generationAfter the Revolution : profiles of early American cultureAmerican creation : triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the Republic