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Founding Brothers - The Revolutionary Generation

Joseph J. Ellis

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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 Washi

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bob Walter

Length:

12h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:08


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:30


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:14


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:15


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:31


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:06


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:12


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:10


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:32


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:15


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:24


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:45


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:17


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:00


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:39


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:47


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:28


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:01


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:54


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:36


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:29


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:04


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:13


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:06


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:47


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:56


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

09:56


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:21


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:42


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:54


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:08


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:48


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:57


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:03


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:24


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:17


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:32