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Chicken
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I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
1776 by David McCullough
Founding Father (Rediscovering George Washington) by Richard Brookhiser
American Sphinx (The Character of Thomas Jefferson) by Joseph Ellis
Benjamin Franklin (An American Life) by Walter Isaacson

I going to start some binge reading for the time period 1700's through post-World War 2...

Let me know if any of you have read the books above...thanks


Philzilla2k
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
1776 is a good overview


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Yeti_Chaser
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
Wyd


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Sody Cracker
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
1776 first, then Founding Father, and Benjamin Franklin last. JMO. Haven't read American Sphinx.


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rebelrouser
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
1776 is outstanding. Haven't read the others.


Chicken
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
1776 it is. Thanks to all for the feedback


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thatguy
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
McCollough is an excellent writer. If you like his style, check his Truman biography.


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ecb
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
I've read 1776


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Htowntiger90
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re: I acquired these books at an estate sale...let me know which one I should start with...
I've read Founding Father & American Sphinx years back. Both good, I recall liking 'American Sphinx better.

An even better book by Ellis is Founding Brothers. Great book on early American history told through the relationships between founding fathers. Won a Pulitzer in 2001. There's a chapter on 'The Duel', a chapter on Adams-Jefferson & other episodes.
This post was edited on 6/10 at 9:01 am


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