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Josh

ashville, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Collier, Christopher Collier
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    (14)
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    (12)
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    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 18th-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.

    Josh says: "excellent book"
    "excellent book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely, this was a great book in my mind. While the authors might not be the big names you hear today the book was excellent. It is worth going outside of the modern popular box and learning from these authors. Their work was well done.


    What other book might you compare Decision in Philadelphia to and why?

    well I am currently listening to Plain Honest Men, also about the Constitutional Convention. This book is on the same line and covers many of the same things but I am trying to immerse myself in this topic for a while and this book is not the same as the other. Do they have repeat information, sure, but it is history, what happened happened and facts have to be reported, but the books both are great listens and teach a great deal on the subject from different narratives and points of view. Try them both.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen. It is very informative and will teach you a great deal on how our national government was formed and why it is the way it is today. You will learn about people you have likely neer heard of unless you have studied this topic previously, such as Roger Sherman and James Wilson and you will see the played just as an integral role as James Madison and Ben Franklin in many respect. I am not saying they were "as" important, I am just saying you will learn they were far more important than mainstream history has ever given them credit for. This is just some of the things this book will teach you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Ferling
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Award-winning author John Ferling is a leading authority on the American Revolution. His entertaining and enlightening histories have greatly improved our understanding of early America and the Founding Fathers. Now Ferling opens a window to the past and explores the contentious presidential election of 1800.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding work of interpretive history"
    "An excellent and compelling story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Adams vs. Jefferson to be better than the print version?

    I dont know, I have not read the print version, the audio version is excellent though


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the beginning of party politics and electioneering, something that has never ceased since begins to come into play and we see how it all started. The common misconception that our founders live in a harmonious bliss where they all agreed on all things in obviously a myth, but one many people today believe in. This book is the perfect illustration of how that is not the case and how it all began. I thought the story was great and the book was compelling. i found myself looking forward to the next time I could listen.


    Have you listened to any of Jack Garrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story is written in a flow that leaves you wanting to listen to more. If you love politics, history and the inside baseball of Washington then and now you will love this book, I do and I did.

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