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Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 ...
From the Paperback edition.
Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to create a document that would create a country and change a world. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. "A good-spirited, lucid, vigorous book!"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Posted March 17, 2009
Decision in Philadelphia presents the story of the founding fathers, a brilliant but very human group of men, as they grapple with forming a government unlike any other in the history of the world. Inspired by high ideals, they must create a constitution for the newly independent United States and reach compromises acceptable to a variety of political agendas which sometimes conflict.
It is written in an intriguing, enlightened and interesting manner.
The authors present a vital chapter in American history that is awe-inspiring and can remind every American of the principals on which the country was founded. A must lesson in civics!
Posted October 1, 2004
Nice analysis of the personalities and ideologies involved in the writing of the Constitution. Chapters 1 and 2 give a good introduction to the problems of the Articles of Confederation and what life was like in 1787 America. Overall, it would make an excellent supplement for an AP US Government class. Certain chapters would work equally well in an AP US History. Just the right reading level for advanced high school students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2002
This book is very educational and increased my knowledge of the details pertaining to the convention. However, this book is somewhat slow and monotonous which can become tedious after awhile. They skip around going from event to event rather than time period to time period, which can become confusing. Due to my love for history I enjoyed the book more than most of the people I know.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2001
A good introduction to the history of the Constitutional Convention. In my opinion, however, the authors drastically underplay the extent to which the Framers were committed to ideological notions of individual rights and natural law. While they do discuss these issues, I found that they were neglected in favor of discussion of the *politics* of the Convention and the compromises which shaped the final draft of the Constitution. There also seems to be an underlying leftist bias on the part of the authors, who characterized most of the antifederalists and state's-righters as odd or otherwise undesirable people (consider their discussion of George Mason, for example), but almost always portrayed the nationalists as virtuous, intelligent people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.