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Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787 Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 1986
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This book is particularly valuable for its perspective. Learning about the delegates' personalities and backgrounds was fascinating, and seeing the Convention in the context of the social and political conditions of early America was especially insightful. I also enjoyed seeing the early colonies through the eyes of foreign visitors.
If you're interested in the history of the U.S. Constitution, this book is a must (my condolences to the disgruntled high school students of previous reviews).
Catherine Drinker Bowen's book is a classic that tells how America's founding fathers debated, compromised and struggled to create a permanent system of rebublican government in a world ruled by monarchs and absolutists.
The debates are here, as well as the personalities. The story of how various elements of our governing structure were arrived at is fascinating as well as illuminating to any serious student of the American system. Important debates regarding the nature of the presidency, small state versus large state interests (how we got our Senate), the desirability of direct democracy versus state interests (part of how we got the Electoral College), the finessing of the slave issue -- its all here.
I read this book and was filled with a profound sense of pride and amazement at the story of how the "gentlemen of Philadelphia" were able to navigate such complex issues and arrive at the masterpiece that is our Constitution.
In Bowen's hands, this moving and patriotic story is well told and thoroughly explored. I imagine many of you reading this review have this book on a political science syllabus, but it should be read by any with an interest in our Constitution or our government's history.
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An outstanding review of what it was like in the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia. Highly recommended for everyone from students to teachers and those simply interested in how we... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Bo
a well written account of how the founders actually put the constitution together. the writer includes details of life in America at the time - for example, the endless tree... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terence M.
Book was in good condition and is a god read. If you are interested in the founding of our country this book is a must.Published 5 months ago by D. Smith
An excellent book and a timely read of this classic. The author writes in a very readable style and presents the historical facts with her addition of appropriate and insightful... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Henry I. Gonzalez
For my son going to college. Best way to rent/purchase books over super hi prices charged elsewhere.Published 10 months ago by Mike Leon
book offers an excellent account of the drafting and approval of this most important of America's documents. It reads very well.Published 10 months ago by Michael J.
I am not a scholar at all, but of all the books I have read in the last couple of years about the making of the constitution, and that is more than I can count on one hand, this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by sixstring