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Joseph J. Ellis

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  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation | Joseph J. Ellis

    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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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.

    JOSEPH says: "Really insightful!"
  • The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 | Joseph J. Ellis

    The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    From Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A Wonderful Gem"
  • His Excellency: George Washington | Joseph J. Ellis

    His Excellency: George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

    Gerard says: "Distracted By Narrator"
  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson | Joseph J. Ellis

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Susan O’Malley
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    For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

    ks says: "Badly Scratched Record"
  • American Creation | Joseph J. Ellis

    American Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
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    From the first shots fired at Lexington to the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, Joseph J. Ellis guides us through the decisive issues of the nation's founding, and illuminates the emerging philosophies, shifting alliances, and personal and political foibles of our now iconic leaders: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams.

    Kenneth says: "Good But Not Quite There"
  • Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams | Joseph J. Ellis

    Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation and its second president, spent nearly the last third of his life in retirement, grappling with contradictory views of his place in history and fearing his reputation would not fare well in the generations after his death. And indeed, future generations did slight him, elevating Jefferson and Madison to lofty heights while Adams remained way back in the second tier.

    Neil says: "Stays true to Audible's description"
  • Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence | Joseph J. Ellis

    Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    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 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.

    Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

    Jeff says: "A rehashing of things we've heard before..."
  • First Family: Abigail & John Adams | Joseph J. Ellis

    First Family: Abigail & John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
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    John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two). Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.

    leslie says: ""Real History""
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