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Book Review of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
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This is an excellent read for students of early U.S. history. There were parts I found tedious, but overall it is a fascinating work and deserved the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Sadly, it also confirmed my low opinion of Thomas Jefferson, despite what school history texts would like you to believe. Even the author states Jefferson told people, even his own party, what they wanted to hear. Whereas Adams told them what they needed to know. Neither was perfect, but Adams is the one I'd trust.

David McCullough also received the Pulitzer Prize for his book on John Adams. That was a great read. Unfortunately, the TV series based on that book changed so much around that I had to wonder why the producers hated John Adams.