A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

by Carol Berkin
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A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

We know--and love--the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis's defeat. But our first government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis. So when a group of men traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to save a nation in danger of collapse, they had no great expectations for the meeting that would make history. But all the ideas, arguments, and compromises led to a great thing: a constitution and a government were born that have surpassed the founders'
greatest hopes.
Revisiting all the original documents and using her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century history and politics, Carol Berkin takes a fresh look at the men who framed the Constitution, the issues they faced, and the times they lived in. Berkin transports the reader into the hearts and minds of the founders, exposing their fears and their limited expectations
of success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547537818
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/20/2003
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 69,275
File size: 407 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Carol Berkin is a professor of American History at Baruch College and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written five scholarly books and contributed to several collections of articles and textbooks. Berkin was a commentator for the A&E series Founding Fathers and Founding Brothers, as well as a commentator for the PBS documentary, Benjamin Franklin. She lives in New York City.

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A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, but be warned, I am not sure it is really what it advertises on the cover. For the most part, this book describes the path the Constitution took from being an idea to being a document that the Colonies could vote on. There is a good amount of space used to describe the individuals at the convention and some of the arguements over the major points in the Constitution. It is a very quick read and a very informative book.
Load More than 1 year ago
The "Brilliant Solution" was very interesting, managed to spell out how our founding fathers were bought together and over came overwhelming odds and managed to pull the colonies together to form the country we all enjoy today!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Introduction in the front, but it got a little bit boring further on. I would recommend this only to people that won't get fustrated.