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Publisher's Summary

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. A celebration of how and why our Constitution came into being, Decision in Philadelphia is also a testament of the American spirit at its finest.

©1986 Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier (P)2012 AudioGO

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excellent book

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.

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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.

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Made history interesting

I've never been a big fan of history books, but recently I've been more curious about how the American government works. This book was very informative and interesting. It kept my attention and taught me quite a bit about how the founding fathers thought and put together the Constitution. This helps me understand so much better how our modern political systems works. I enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it.

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Fascinating background and credible sources

This is a good listen except the readers voice was too deep to hear at times. My eyes are opened to a new and deeper understanding of why who and what was negotiated at the 2nd Continental Congress. Also appreciated the verbatim reading of Constitution and Bill of Rights. Likely to listen this this again. 👍

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So That's What it Was Like to Be a Founding Father

An in depth look at the single most important event in American History. I've listened to it several times.

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Feeling as Though I was at the Convention

After listening to this Audible book, I felt I had a real understanding of the personalities of the men who developed the principles of the constitution. Also the various viewpoints of the men were made clear.

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wonderful book

What a wonderful and insightful story of the Continental Congress of 1787 and the remarkable decisions made to forge the United States of America