A Child of Fortune

A Correspondent's Report on the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Battle for a Bill of Rights
Author(s): Jeffrey St. John
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100096395
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481578318
Narrator/s: Jeff Riggenbach
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In this exciting audio production, prize-winning journalist and historian Jeffrey St. John simulates day-by-day reportage to make you a firsthand witness to the 1787-1788 political battle to ratify the US Constitution. Discover how close both sides of the debate came to resorting to violence and rigged elections and witness Patrick Henry's challenge to a pistol duel at the Virginia convention. Observe the Constitution's sanction of slavery and the delegate revolts it produced, Massachusetts Governor John Hancock's secret deal to deliver his state in return for support of his candidacy for the presidency, and how the soft-voiced James Madison defeated America's greatest orator. Vastly entertaining, this book is both a popular history and an important contribution to the study of the founding of the American Republic.

Professional reviews

"A follow-up to the author's CONSTITUTIONAL JOURNAL, this is an account of the ratification of the American Constitution in the style of contemporary journalism. It was an exciting occurrence that still reverberates throughout our world and that will continue to do so throughout the new century and beyond. But not, alas, on the lips of narrator Riggenbach, who drones through the whole thing as if in a hurry to get home. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"