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  • Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution | Jack N. Rakove

    Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jack N. Rakove
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
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    What did the US Constitution originally mean, and how can we recover the intentions of its framers? These questions, which resound throughout today’s most heated legal and political controversies, lie at the heart of Jack N. Rakove’s splendidly readable work of historical analysis. In Original Meanings, he traces the complex weave of ideology and interests from which the Constitution emerged and shows how Americans have attached different meanings to their founding document from the moment it was published.

    History says: "Epistemological in its approach ..."
  • Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America | Jack Rakove

    Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Rakove
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    In this remarkable book, historian Jack Rakove shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers - how Washington became a strategist, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, Madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker. Rakove shakes off accepted notions of these men as godlike visionaries, focusing instead on the evolution of their ideas and the crystallizing of their purpose.

    Roger says: "Good intellectual history"
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