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American Creation

by Joseph J. Ellis

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...

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

by Joseph J. Ellis

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...

His Excellency: George Washington

by Joseph J. Ellis

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...

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis

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,...

First Family: Abigail and John Adams

by Joseph J. Ellis

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, best-selling author of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings America’s preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American...

American Sphinx

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1997

by Joseph J. Ellis

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...

Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

by Joseph J. Ellis

Passionate Sage is [Ellis’s] best book.”—Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review  A fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding...

Writing the Declaration of Independence

by Joseph J. Ellis

A colorful, enlightening account of how Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the road to July 4: a selection from Joseph J. Ellis’s American Sphinx, winner of the National Book Award....

After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture

by Joseph J. Ellis

Through portraits of four figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis provides a unique perspective on the role of culture in post-Revolutionary...

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

by Joseph J. Ellis

From Pulitzer Prize–winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis, the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide...