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Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787
     

Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787

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by Catherine Drinker Bowen
 

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This book is a history of the Federal Convention in Philadelphia that resulted in the Constitution of the United States.

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This book is a history of the Federal Convention in Philadelphia that resulted in the Constitution of the United States.

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Margaret L. Coit
A fascinating story brilliantly told…
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Henry Steele Commager
The most readable of all accounts of the Philadelphia convention. Miss Bowen has been successful beyond any of the general historians…she has brought to the retelling both imagination and art.
Book Week
Allan Nebins
Our greatest peacetime story is here retold in terms that would delight the general reader while satisfying the critical scholar.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316103985
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/30/1986
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
84,166
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Virginia Kirkus
Many historians have written of this particular "miracle," but never has the tale been told more vividly than in this book by one of America's foremost biographers.

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Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is very well written. The author recreates the timeline of the Constitutional Convention and tells it like a story. The author's incorporation of the actual comments that were recorded during the convention are excellent. It unfolds the conflicts that faced the founding fathers in their quest to identify the proper government structure for a new nation. By reading the novel, you get a real appreciation for the importance of the time, the key members, and the convention's significance in our success as a nation. Additionally, Bowen interjects comments regarding the culture of the time, including some insight into the early years of Philadelphia and 13 colonies. As a Philadelphian it was interesting to read about how the city's culture hasn't changed much over the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting as well as creative. The author uses a variety of descriptive words to entertain the reader. However, subjects within the chapters, seemed to jump around from one topic to another very quickly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bowen, who was an amateur historian, I might add, did an incredible job of explaining the motives of our forefathers. When I read this book, it had a great impact on my life and made me realize how thankful I should be that there is such a thing as the United States of America. This book should be a requirement for all Americans to read. Proud to be one!!
Load More than 1 year ago
Even during these times when it came time to ratify the constitution it was as controversial then as are other topics are now in our government. It lends insight as to how certain issues were debated and conclusions were arrived at during and after the convention.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book informative for my project on the Constitutional Convention but not entertaining in any way. If you nedd information this book is okay if you are looking for an interesting piece of history, not so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book over the summer for a Ap US History class, and it did not meet my expectations at all. The book is too long and the details are unnessary. I would not recomend this book to anyone who wants to find out facts, read an encyclopedia instead. It was annoying how the author switched from past to future and then present in the same paragraph. A book I had to force myself to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't recommend reading this unless otherwise forced. The book is sparatically written and very hard to follow. Unless you absolutely adore History, I wouldn't advise wasting your time. While the author does try to make the event more interesting by including personal thoughts and information from the delagates, it is much too long winded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a tremendous eye opener to me.I had read the Constitution many times before,but in this book I found how each part of the Constitution came to be.How some parts almost never were and how the whole effort to create this great document almost ended in failure.This book brings a humanity to the men who have been banished to the faces of our money and whose memories are all too often spat upon in the nation they strove so hard to create.This book is fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a delight. It is a description of the political wisdom, intrigues and accidents that produced this country. An important subject described in an engaging, interesting way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was good and had to read it for school. It was interesting and if you are into US history, it provides alot of detail. It was interesting to read such detail. Although it wasn't exciting it gave me a lot of knowledge .
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the worst book i have ever read im only 15 and all this book does is droan on the 2nd page is about how old the people in the convention were dont read it unless you have to i felt like i was dying inside i cried after 2 minutes
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school and would definitely NOT recommend it to anyone. Unless you really love history, I am sure you will not like this book. There are many confusing details about Constitutional delegates that don't fit into chapters and are merely thrown in randomly. Very hard to follow and stay interested in.