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Tempest at Dawn [Kindle Edition]

James D. Best
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The United States is on the brink of total collapse. The military has been reduced to near extinction, economic turmoil saps hope, and anarchy threatens as world powers hover like vultures eager to devour the remains. In a desperate move, a few powerful men call a secret meeting to plot the overthrow of the government.

Fifty-five men came to Philadelphia May of 1787 with a congressional charter to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead they founded the longest lasting republic in world history.

Tempest at Dawn tells their story.

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"This book was absolutely fabulous. When you read, it makes you feel like you are the 56th delegate there, and that you one with the story." 40 Book Challenge Selbrede

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The real story of our nation's founding.
"Tempest at Dawn adheres closely to Madison's notes when describing what occurred in the Assembly Room. But James Best uses the imagination of the novelist to construct what might have occurred in the taverns, salons, dining rooms and inns. He also draws on historical data to present us with the personalities of the major participants in the convention. The result is a readable, engaging story of the creation of our Constitution."--Eutychus the Scribe
"Thanks to James Best's masterpiece,Tempest at Dawn, I felt like the 56th delegate at the Constitutional Convention. Using vivid narrative and expressive dialogue, Tempest at Dawn presents all the major issues the Founding Fathers struggled with."--Michael E. Newton, Author of The Path to Tyranny
"The book brings our founders to life with great writing, historic accuracy and amazing wit."--On Transmigration
"Many a volume has been written about the writing of the Constitution. The Summer of 1787 and Tempest At  Dawn are two of the better volumes I have read on the subject."--Daddypundit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1196 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Queen Beach (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0NIM2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Learn from History May 16, 2010
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I just finished James D. Best's 'Tempest at Dawn' and want to thank him for a good story that:
* Developed insight into what it took to create our Constitution,
* Presented characters who personally sacrificed to do their work,
* Honored delegates who gave their efforts from the soul, and
* Documented strong-willed men who had the courage to debate, argue, and sometimes concede to create this country. `Never Give Up' comes to mind.
Reading this book along with the Constitution should be required reading for all USA students. There is much to be learned about the 'dawn' of our government and about how we have strayed from the government created by these men. One which was based on trust in the people, checks and balances, and limited powers.
Since I never opened my eyes to the real life stories of history, I haven't spent much time reading or learning it. Mr. Best has created a story which makes history come alive and makes me appreciate what happened in Philadelphia at a whole new level. I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating novel of our country's founding January 3, 2010
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Best does a wonderful job bringing the likes of Madison, Washington, Franklin, Sherman and Hamilton to life as compelling characters in the important drama that brought forth our Constitution. The book was well researched. Even though you know how it all turns out in the end, Tempest at Dawn keeps you glued to the pages. Best captures the core issues and debates that were hammered out in Philadelphia. More important, he provides the context and character of those who so passionately crafted it. I learned a ton and never had more fun with a history lesson, which came wrapped in a novel. Highly recommend it to those with an any interest in U.S. history or to anyone who loves a good read with strong characters and a lively plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning History Can Be Fun May 5, 2010
As someone who disliked History in school, I learned more about the founding of our country and the Constitution that I ever did in History Classes. And I enjoyed every minute of it. James Best did a supurb job of bringing to life our founding fathers. In Tempest at Dawn, they became real people with families, hopes, dreams and problems just like everyone else. But Best also portrayed the characters' greatness by describing their sacrifices and strong determination to create a Constitution that has endured for over 200 years and has made America the great country it is. I highly recommend Tempest at Dawn to every American, especially young people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempest at Dawn March 30, 2010
Mr. Best gave us quite a history lesson on the writing of our constitution as well as a great novel. He brought his players back to life, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Sherman and Hamilton. As always his book was well researched for the correct time period for this great undertaking of our country. If you are a history buff or a student, this is a great book on some of the United States history and the writing of the constitution. His strong charaters and the novel format made for easy and enjoyable reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempest at Dawn April 15, 2010
As a student of history I found this book to be fantastic. The author uses a variety of methods to uncover the back story to the Constitutional Convention; such as letters written by the participants, newspaper articles, and diaries.
This method brings life to the charactors and you feel like your are a part of the story. His writing style is such that it lends a fluid nature to the book, making it an easy read. It was a difficult book to put down.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in our founding fathers. Given that there are many today who think that our Constitution is under attack, it is all the more important that we learn about how it was written.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for political junkies May 23, 2012
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James Best's Tempest at Dawn is an awesome book for a poli-sci geek like myself. Was dry at times, but there were other parts where I couldn't put it down. I didn't care for the prologue and epilogue, but the meat -- the part that took place during the Federal Convention -- was excellent. In all, a great read. And it really made me want to visit Philadelphia again. I wish I could have given it 4 1/2 stars ... but it didn't quite deserve five.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book! October 5, 2010
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I so wish I, and everyone else, had read this in school. James Best makes the characters come alive, they were real people dealing with all the different interests that plaque us today and yet managed to come together for the good of the country. I had no idea how long or hard they had worked to make our Constitution, their dedication was amazing. James Best also truly represented the bargaining and politics that were necessary to complete this ominous task, translating the documents of record into something anyone can understand. I am very grateful to James Best for bringing this reality into my life and second another gentleman's opinion that Tempest at Dawn should be required reading for students studying the Constitution, real people, real struggles, real results. Great book, I look forward to reading more from Mr. Best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but flawed story December 29, 2012
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The Articles of Confederation have proved inadequate to govern the thirteen former colonies, and Congress directs the states to send representatives to Philadelphia to propose revisions. James Madison and the Virginia delegation are determined to start from scratch rather than try to salvage the current framework, but delegates from the small states vainly oppose a strong central government that would let the large states run roughshod over them.

I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. Although I was not impressed with Best's other book, I found this gripping and overwhelming. He brings the Founding Fathers to life as dedicated but flawed individuals, but I had to take the complicated story in small doses, interrupted by lighter reading. The only reason I couldn't give it a 5 rating was Best's too-frequent word misuse: waiver when he meant waver, fair for fare, emaciate for emancipate. Not a major drawback but still significant and jarring to the reader, and could have easily been caught by a good editor. The other problem was the inaccurate and irrelevant title. Call it 4-1/2 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend.
Bought this for a friend at his request.
Published 2 days ago by Richard A. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable History
Historical fiction that gives an excellent insight to the founding of our Nation. Not an easy read due to the myriad of ideas, debates,emotions and politicking going on amongst... Read more
Published 8 days ago by ksali
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Explains why we did what we did ...
Excellent read. Explains why we did what we did in 1776, how our forefathers created a republic to prevent it from happening again, and makes you realize we are right back at 1776... Read more
Published 26 days ago by roadwork68
3.0 out of 5 stars Speaking from a Historian's view... I always ...
Speaking from a Historian's view... I always find it entertaining when the characters get "fleshed out". As in, I wonder if they really acted as portrayed.
Published 27 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This should be required reading for all high school kids
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Brorup
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing historical find
I enjoyed reading this although it was a long read for me. It was in depth, & tried to explain the different thoughts as well as emotions of not only the men involved, but of this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
If you enjoy historical novels, you're in for a treat. I read quite a few, and this ranks with the best of them
Published 4 months ago by Gerry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kept my interest
Published 4 months ago by Charles W. Tillinghast
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Learned a lot.
Published 5 months ago by Monty Calvert
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a hard read but enjoyed
Interesting Topic, and well researched. Bit of a hard read but enjoyed it
Published 5 months ago by Warren
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More About the Author

James D. Best is the author of The Shopkeeper, Leadville, Murder at Thumb Butte, The Return, and Jenny's Revenge in the Steve Dancy series. His other books include Tempest at Dawn, Principled Action, The Shut Mouth Society, and The Digital Organization.

James has written monthly columns for two magazine, ghost written several books, and published numerous journal articles. He lives with his wife, Diane, in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can learn more about James and his books at

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