Read “A Brilliant Solution Inventing the American Constitution” by Carol Berkin with Rakuten Kobo. We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution. At first glance to Carol Berkin’s a Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution I felt uneasy. I predicted it was going to be reading a short “textbook”. Berkin describes the making of the U.S. Constitution. A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution. Author: Carol Berkin. Harcourt, Inc.,

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A fascinating and detailed look into the creation of the American Constitution. I would fall asleep after reading about three pages.

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Only in hindsight, as she points out in her epilogue, does politics and the two party system begin to immediately construe the xolution as supporting a strong central government and turning the office of president into the dominant policy making machine that it is today. Independence also meant that the rich farmlands west of the Appalachians were at last open to settlement, good news for ordinary farmers and perhaps even better news for major speculators like George Washington, the Lees of Virginia, and even Benjamin Franklin, who owned shares in large land companies.

Although the universally revered George Washington and Ben Franklin were both active in the convention, they were less assertive than others such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

Bush win the election. For some people it may be super interesting but even for them, Carol Berkin’s narrative view provides a more story like telling of our constitutional convention. Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.


We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Farol to Sllution defeat.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

This book in particular makes something which I initially thought was boring and unimportant, very important. This is about who made it happen, and how. Realizing their lack of clairvoyance and their imperfection in creating something that would fit the indefinite future, the framers of the constitution were wise enough to include in the constitution a capacity for change. The states had too much power that the country could not function properly.

History I highly advise reading this book as this will enhance your understanding of not only the past but the modern society.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

Informative, but so, so boring. The writing is very clear. A Gathering of Demigods.

She does a lot to develop the personality of the people sloution some of the ones who aren’t in the normal pantheon. In her talk on Book TV, Berkin described what interested her in the topic. Aug 20, Kayla rated it it was ok Shelves: No army to ride with while exploring, no protective escort through the seas.

I give it one star and I berkih recommend it to people who really love history.

This was easily proven a bad idea to entertain as it quickly soaked in that they no longer had the protection of the British government when it would have been helpful. She is an historian, working with documents that tell of realities. I have studied colonial US history in multiple ways – I know all about staples theory and the coming of market capitalism, relationships with nations across the Atlantic, and the differences among various European colonial powers in general.

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The hotels an One of the best books I’ve read in US history. From May 25, when the ground rules were laid down, until September 17, the day the document was signed, the debates surged this way and that, often creating the least expected of political allies.

This book contains many themes such as secrecy, power, tyranny, trust, as well as the speed of transportation and communication back then. I only read this book because it was my homework. Although the universally revered George Washington and Ben Franklin were both active in the convention, they were less assertive than such younger colleagues as Caorl Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

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A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency. Berkin shows the desperation and passion of the men who met in Philadelphia in the summer of to design America’s new constitution.

Dec 06, Naurin rated begkin did not like it. Aug 30, Elizabeth S rated it it was ok Shelves: Debating the Presidency Once Again. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points!