Terrificly titled book. Founding Brothers (instead of fathers) draws attention to the fact that this book is largely about the relationship between what we now call our this country's founding fathers. It details their friendships, hatreds, rivalries, and overt and covert alliances. It pays most attention to Jefferson and Adams, but also provides insights into Hamilton, Burr, Washington, Franklin and Madison. Ellis is a terrific writer, never dry, witty at times, insightful, full of reverence and respect, and extremely knowledgeable about the time and players. This is history as you want it. Not full of facts and figures but stories about intriguing, human, real life players, who just happened to be geniuses and extremely interesting people.