Joseph J. Ellis is a well-known historian. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the college of William and Mary, and his masters and Ph.D. at the University of Yale. Ellis is currently a full time professor of the Commonwealth at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Ellis has written many books and editorials. His books include; The New England Mind in Transition: Samuel Johnson of Connecticut (Yale University Press, 1983), School For Soldiers: West Point and the Profession of Arms (Oxford University Press, 1974), Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (W.W Norton and Company, 1993), After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture (W.W.
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The majority of reviewers for Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation thought very highly of Ellis’s writing in this book. Many reviewers suggested for all audiences to read this book, including all levels of education. T.J. Shaeper, of St Bonaventure University in New York, stated that, “Ellis is deeply steeped in the literature, and his style is crisp and full of subtle ironies” . Benson Bobrick of The New York Times, observed that, “this is a splendid book-human, learned, written with flair and radiant with a calm intelligence and wit. Even those familiar with the Revolutionary generation will, I would warrant find much in its pages to captivate and enlarge their understanding of our nations fledgling years” . H. M. Ward, from the University of Richmond, believes that, “the author succeeds in his aim to extract essential meaning from large-scale topics. The lively narrative reassesses the pivotal roles of the seven men and their intertwining relationships” . Gilbert Taylor generalized that “Ellis essays are angled, fascinating, and perfect” . These reviews all show how greatly reviewers feel Ellis did on this book.
One author had a very interesting opinion about how Ellis saw the “Founding Brothers”. Benson Bobrick, of The New York Times, analyzed that, “as Ellis sees it, the founding brethren not only created the American Republic but held it together throughout the volatile and vulnerable early years by