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In this masterful narrative, Winston Groom brings his signature storytelling panache to the tale of our nation's most fascinating founding fathers - Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams - painting a vivid picture of the improbable events, bold ideas, and extraordinary characters who created the United States of America.  

When the Revolutionary War ended in victory, there remained a stupendous problem: establishing a workable democratic government in the vast, newly independent country. Three key founding fathers played significant roles: John Adams, the brilliant, dour New Englander; Thomas Jefferson, the aristocratic Southern renaissance man; and Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean island of Nevis. In this riveting narrative, best-selling author Winston Groom illuminates these men as the patriots fundamentally responsible for the ideas that shaped the emerging United States. Their lives could not have been more different, and their relationships with each other were often rife with animosity. And yet they led the charge - two of them creating and signing the Declaration of Independence, and the third establishing a national treasury and the earliest delineation of a Republican party. The time in which they lived was fraught with danger, and their achievements were strained by vast antagonisms that recall the intense political polarization of today. But through it all, they managed to shoulder the heavy mantle of creating the United States of America, putting aside their differences to make a great country. Drawing on extensive correspondence, Groom shares the remarkable story of the beginnings of our great nation.

©2020 Winston Groom (P)2020 Recorded Books
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Very well done

A nice, succinct history of these three great patriots. Another good Winston Groom book and well worth the time.

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Great book!

Let’s get to why not five stars... when I want to hear it faster, the clarity is a disaster. The fastest I could listen is 1.3. So that is minor and at the time important to me. The reader’s voice is pleasant. Just does not sound as clear when faster than 1.3.

The story itself is wonderfully written and important. We need these books to help keep the United States true to its founding. We are wandering. This book and others like it can be a “compass” for us. We are in a fight to keep America - the United States of America!

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For newbies or history buffs

If Winston Groom and David McCullough wrote American History for school, we'd have a much more engaged and passionate constituency. Outstanding stories written with the perfect dash of color commentary. You will love this book!

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A great review

Nothing new here…

But it is an excellent compilation of some of the most interesting material from the lives of three of our founders.