Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a document that would create a country and change a world: the Constitution. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. Decision in Philadelphia is the best popular history of the Constitutional Convention; in it, the life and times of eighteenth century America not only come alive, but the very human qualities of the men who framed the document are brought provocatively into focus-casting many of the Founding Fathers in a new light. A celebration of how and why our Constitution came into being, Decision in Philadelphia is also a testament of the American spirit at its finest.
by Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier
by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier
"First published to coincide with the bicentennial of the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787, this is a well-written thematic introduction to that document. Bronson Pinchot's tenor voice is expressive, confident, and steady throughout. As a popular history, the text is somewhat conversational in its tone, and Pinchot's voice adroitly matches the text, making for an engaging performance. The authors' editorial comments present interesting background information on the writing of the document. However, the book gets bogged down in the issue of slavery. When discussing the context of the times, the authors have a modern sensibility. The entire Constitution and Amendments are presented as appendices, all of which Pinchot makes quite interesting to hear. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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