After the Revolution
by Joseph Ellis
The author of Founding Brothers, intimate portraits of America's leading generation, writes in this book about the generation that lived in the Revolution's aftermath. I guess originally the book was on a more general topic, but Ellis has refined his focus on the arts, which many believed would soon belong to America, even before the Revolution, as a sort of birthright of civilization's progress moving westward, as it has through at least one interpretation of history. The book contains another series of portraits, this time of artists who believed that the time was come for greatness, and their dawning disappointment when it didn't. Anyway, should be interesting.