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  • James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Labunski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes, the diminutive and exceedingly shy James Madison. Here is a vividly written account of not one, but several major political struggles that changed the course of American history.

    James says: "American History is All of a Sudden Interesting!"
    "Tedious"
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    The struggle for the Bill of Rights should be a fascinating history. What ideas drove the men who argued for and against the Bill of Rights? The book claims that much of the disagreement was just about process--e.g., whether we should get a Constitution with a Bill of Rights or first a Constitution and then a Bill of Rights. Oh really? Process may have been an argument, but surely wasn't the foundation of disagreement. Puzzling facts get mentioned, but but never get explored--such as, why was New Jersey so quick to approve the Constitution without a Bill of Rights? The author doesn't pause to consider such questions. A great opportunity missed.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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