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Joseph J. Ellis

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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The Quartet
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf | Hardcover | May 5, 2015
$27.95/33.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-35340-3 (0-385-35340-5)

The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish... Read more






The Quartet
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Random House Large Print | Trade Paperback | May 5, 2015
$28.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-9465-5 (0-8041-9465-3)

The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish... Read more






Revolutionary Summer
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94637-9 (0-307-94637-1)

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...

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Revolutionary Summer
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf | Hardcover | June 2013
$26.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-70122-0 (0-307-70122-0)

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...

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Revolutionary Summer
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Random House Large Print | Trade Paperback | June 2013
$27.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-8041-2090-6 (0-8041-2090-0)

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...

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First Family
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2011
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38999-2 (0-307-38999-5)

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...

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American Creation
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2008
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27645-2 (0-307-27645-7)

National Bestseller

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...

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His Excellency
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3253-2 (1-4000-3253-9)

National Bestseller

To this landmark biography of our first president, Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount Rushmore...

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His Excellency
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2004
$29.95/34.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4031-5 (1-4000-4031-0)

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






Founding Brothers
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70524-3 (0-375-70524-4)

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

The United States was more a fragile hope... Read more






Founding Brothers
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2000
$28.95/33.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-40544-0 (0-375-40544-5)

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 their generation--and perhaps any--came together to... Read more






American Sphinx
Written by Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1998
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76441-0 (0-679-76441-0)

National Bestseller 

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 steady stream of guests... Read more





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