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By Collette on 10-12-11
If you ever wanted to clearly understand what really occurred when the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia, this is the book for you. I was not too enthralled by the first few pages of the narrator's voice, but as time passed, I began to like the pace, and lack of enthusiasm in his voice. This is the seminal work for looking deep into the hearts and minds of the authors of the US Constitution.
Much like Goodwin's Team of Rivals, this sweeping work has extensive source materials and uses these source materials to support the finding and lives of these very distinct men. Beeman also carries you back to what the city was like in the late 1700's, thrusting the reader into the time period whether you want to go or not. George Washington's presence at the beginning of the book signals what is about to come!
I encourage those whose tastes move in early American historical fact, this is the book for you. It is comprehensive in scope and answers those questions that you did not think to ask!
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By ShySusan on 10-01-11
I don't read a lot of history, but I have been reading a number of books about the American Revolution and its leaders. This book is a worthy entry into that group. I remember (vaguely) studying this stuff in school, and how boring it was. But this book was not boring. He made the various characters come alive, and he did a good job of making the setting real as well. I have long wondered why the Bill of Rights was not part of the original Constitution and why slavery was not eliminated. These were discussed and well answered. I had heard the Constitution referred to as the Great Compromise without understanding what it meant. Now I know (or at least know a lot more about it than I used to). The more I learn about the founding of our country and the men who made it happen, the more amazed I am that they were able to bring it off, and the more grateful I am to men who were willing to put the good of all ahead of their own personal gain. I also want to say that I have listened to a lot of books narrated by Michael Prichard, and he did his usual excellent job. I recommend this book to you.
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