By Joseph J. Ellis. In softcover ISBN 0-375-70524-4. Copyright 2000. 288 pages including notes and index. In this landmark work of history, Ellis, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winner for History, explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals; Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams and Madison, confronted the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for our nation.