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Joseph J. Ellis
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JOSEPH J. ELLIS is the author of many works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. He recently retired from his position as the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and their youngest son.

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American Creation
Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $16.00

Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his unparalleled talents to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a... Read more >
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American Creation

Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $11.99

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American Sphinx
The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 1998
Price: $16.95

Winner of the National Book Award

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--and not only during his active political career. After 1809, his longed-for retirement was compromised by a... Read more >
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American Sphinx

Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 19, 1998
Price: $13.99

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First Family
Abigail and John Adams
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $15.95

In this rich and engrossing account, John and Abigail Adams come to life against the backdrop of the Republic’s tenuous early years.

Drawing on over 1,200 letters exchanged between the couple, Ellis tells a story both personal and panoramic. We learn about the many years Abigail and John spent apart as John’s... Read more >

First Family
Abigail and John Adams
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.95

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History

In a landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed men–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–set the course for our nation.

Joseph Ellis illuminates the profoundly deep bonds and the... Read more >
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Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $28.95

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History

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... Read more >
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Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 16, 2003
Price: $11.99

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His Excellency
George Washington
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $16.00

The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With his careful attention to detail and his lyrical prose, Ellis has set a new... Read more >
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His Excellency
George Washington
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $29.95

The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With his careful attention to detail and his lyrical prose, Ellis has set a new... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

His Excellency
George Washington
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $11.99

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The Quartet
Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 5, 2015
Price: $27.95

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The Quartet
Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 5, 2015
Price: $13.99

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The Quartet
Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 510 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: May 5, 2015
Price: $28.00

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Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95

A Washington Post Notable Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

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... Read more >

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Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $26.95

A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis.

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... Read more >

Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $11.99

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Revolutionary Summer
The Birth of American Independence
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Large Print
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $27.00

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