My second Joseph Ellis, I’ve come to enjoy his ‘to the point’, ‘no frills’ style of writing. Though McCullough’s “John Adams”, which is cited by Ellis, provides a more in depth and detailed version of much of the same material, Ellis tells it in fewer words, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
The name George Washington is so deeply ingrained into American culture, that it would be easy to dismiss reading his biography as old hat and blase. Sometimes, however, it is good to go ahead and dive into a biography like that anyway – perhaps there is new insight to be gained into an old, familiar character.
My study of the beginning of the United States of America continues with this text by the author Joseph J. Ellis, who is well known and respected as an historian specializing in American history.
Since reading Walter Isaacson’s Ben Franklin: An American Life last year, I’ve been on a learning campaign of the formative days of our United States. What most of us were taught of American history in grade school, merely puts a… Continue Reading →
The master historian does it again as he relates the birthing pains of the United States of America during its first year of declared independence from Great Britain. Though George Washington is today considered by we Americans as courage, strength and determination personified – there were many moments of weakness, doubt and anguish experienced by our nation’s founding father when the endeavor seemed hopelessly futile.
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