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Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Wonderfully Insightful

    One of the best books about the American Constitutional Convention. Insightful and very fast paced!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Tedious but Very Well Written

    To be honest, I was skeptical of this book and its 400+ pages. However, it's so well written that its length seems irrelevant. I'm a graduate student trying to get a master's in history, and, trust me, I've read my share of dry history books. While this book doesn't give any new insights or startling revelations, it is an incredible overview of the men who created the Constitution and the document itself. It's remarkably informative and a genuinely enjoyable read.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    An accessible read for anyone interested in the story of why the convention was called and how it resulted in the document at the foundation of the United States government

    Beeman's narrative of the Constitutional Convention provides an interesting look inside the Pennsylvania State House in the summer of 1787. "Plain, Honest, Men..." is an accessible read for anyone interested in the story of why the convention was called and how it resulted in the document at the foundation of the United States government. Beeman draws upon an obvious mastery of contextual history to provide his readers with a thoughtful, if subtle, analysis of the ambitions, fears, hopes and motivations of the men involved in crafting the US Constitution. Unfortunately, because the convention was shrouded in secrecy, his telling of the most interesting part of the story relies heavily upon the notes of just one delegate, James Madison. Nevertheless, Beeman does some heavy lifting in order to supplement Madison's account and bring the story of the convention to life - producing a work that leaves the reader with a perhaps uncommon impression of the oft-exalted Founding Fathers as very much human and the Constitution as a very human construct.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2009

    perspective broadening

    I bought this book for my husband and he loved it. It puts flesh and bones on history -- showing the men who finally put the Constitution together in all their humanness -- their flaws and virtues, their endurance of physical as well as philosophical struggles. In the end it's astounding what they were able to accomplish

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