Genius of the People

Genius of the People

by Charles L. Mee Jr.
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Genius of the People by Charles L. Mee Jr.

"Charles Mee has recreated the vivid drama of 1787 . . . Genius of the People is an absorbing look at the incomparable personalities who brought us our Constitution."
- Michael Beschloss

Genius of the People is a timely account of the birth of America's national government during the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Charles L. Mee Jr. vividly describes the personalities, issues, conflicts, compromises, and implications of an epoch-making meeting of brilliant and not-so-brilliant political leaders, whose vision and shortsightedness still direct our lives today.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016741468
Publisher: New Word City, Inc.
Publication date: 10/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 509
Sales rank: 22,597
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Charles L. Mee Jr. is the author of a dozen books of history, on such subjects as the origins of the Cold War, summit diplomacy, and the American Constitutional Convention. He was for some years the editor-in-chief of Horizon, a magazine of history, literature, and the arts. In recent years, he has written several dozen plays, which have been produced in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and southern India, among other places around the world. Among his many honors, he has received the award for lifetime achievement in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Genius of the People 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forget everything you think you know about the making of America's constitution. What surprised me was learning how much the Founding Fathers would disapprove of our government today. A strong central government is what they feared most, and that's exactly what we've got. Highly recommended.
Raymond Filasky More than 1 year ago
Rarely have I found a book quite so engaging as Charles Mee’s Genius of the People. The historical accounts of the 1787 drafting of the United States Constitution are brought to life through the personal activities of the participants and their reactions to the political climate of the time. A climate, I might add, that is much paralleled in the recent events of our own day. Over two centuries of formalized education has lulled us into the perception that the founding fathers were of one mind and purpose, nothing could be further than the truth. Mee’s book opens our eyes to the ongoing challenge of democracy and the glue that holds, the of’times fractured, perspectives together - compromise. In our current polarized and obstructionist approach to governance, we have much to learn from the founding fathers, both in accepting how difficult it is and how the only way forward is through well-thought out compromise.
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