American Dialogue: The Founders and Us
by Joseph Ellis
- Politics & Law, American History , Best of 2018
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The Founders’-eye view
In nearly every talk given by historian Joseph J. Ellis, he is asked about what the Founding Fathers would think about their own views and how they resonate in contemporary America. Here is his widely anticipated answer.
Ellis examines four key historical figures through the prism of particular topics: Thomas Jefferson and the issue of racism; John Adams and the specter of economic inequality; George Washington and American imperialism; and James Madison and the doctrine of original intent. Using the perspective of the present, he reveals how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts.
American Dialogue is a provocative and compelling exploration of our most fundamental ideals in action.
“Joe Ellis knows that history is not simply about the past, it’s about the present having a conversation with the past. In this elegant and fascinating book, he conducts a discourse between our current troubled times and the period when our founders crafted our national creed. The result is an exploration of our values that is both timely and timeless.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo Da Vinci
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|Release Date:||October 16, 2018|