Creating the Constitution: 1787
- The Drama of American History
- Narrated by: Jim Manchester
- Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-14-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Philo on 09-01-13
Time well spent, but doesn't fully meet goals
I admire the authors' aims, and I (as a teacher) often use a very short, clipped outline as a way to introduce a topic. I work very hard clipping out details, and formulating simple explanations, to make something understandable in a short time. This gives the listener at least a good START on the topic, without overwhelming the listener with terminology and minutiae. A light step often serves the learning process well. But how could anyone explain such a deep and varied topic as this in less than 2 hours?
So, I enjoyed this work plenty, and would listen again. As far as it goes, it is well done. But I think no one should mistake this for a broad, all-encompassing view of this topic. It focuses quite well on some sub-topics, such as the negotations and trade-offs between the nascent states in building a federal government. But the constitution is such a vast confluence of ideas, personalities and history, that it surely deserves a more thorough treatment. No one can pretend to have a wide expertise in it after this listening alone.
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