Joseph Ellis’ “American Dialogue: The Founders and Us” is a stimulating, thought provoking book, that provides a dialogue (a debate) between the intentions and ideas of our Founding Fathers (Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison and patriots such as Franklin, John Jay, and Hamilton) and how they relate to our modern day politics and America’s place in the world. The sections of the book dedicated to the conversations (letters) exchanged between Presidents Adams and Jefferson and the part of the book dedicated mostly to President Washington are nothing short of amazing.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are literally dissected in such a way that one could easily come to the conclusion that both documents were written by men deeply flawed, uncertain, biased, and to a large extent racist, yet in the end there is no denying how brilliant both documents are and how disgracefully they have been interpreted and by our modern day politicians and Supreme Court Justices for political, ideological, and greedy purposes. The second amendment, as written by the Founders, was not intended to give all citizens the right to bear arms but only those serving in militias. So for all those gun-ho gun advocates, who skipped serving in Viet Nam because of bone spurs, but take great pleasure in killing unarmed animals you cowardly few, according to the correct reading of the Constitution should not even be allowed to own water pistols.

Joseph Ellis, along with a handful of current historians, have literally re-written American history and to them we owe a great deal of gratitude.51sPQ5zHIUL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_

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