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One of the most important news stories of the last two centuries comes to life in this "eyewitness account" of America's first Federal elections, the First Congress, and President Washington creating the Bill of Rights. In this swift-moving and colorful chronicle, written by St. John as though he were an on-the-scene reporter, listeners will discover how Congressman James Madison became, in the formative months of the new Republic, the power behind Washington in the executive branch, while wheeling and dealing in Congress and still championing a separation of powers; how Madison had to fight both friend and foe of the Constitution to pass a Federal Bill of Rights in the First Congress; why Washington and Madison saw the future of America in the frontier West and not in Europe; and how Spanish and British intrigues, and hostile Indian tribes on the American frontier, posed a threat to the survival of the new national government. Vastly entertaining, based on documented and newly-available sources, this book is both a popular history and an important contribution to the study of the founding of the American Republic.

This book and its predecessors are a captivating history lesson, told like a banner headline news story, for Americans wanting to know the roots of the political freedoms they enjoy today.

©1992 Jeffrey St. John; (P)1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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"This book, like the first two of St. John's trilogy, tells an exciting story of our nation's founding, which should engage readers of all ages and backgrounds." (Warren Burger)

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  • Gary
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 09-01-06

Crapola

His first 2 books were good. This one has so much useless and extraneous information that it makes the book almost worthless. Buy the first 2. Save your time and money - leave this one "on the shelf".

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amazing. exactly what we need to be focusing on

this is exactly what we need to be focusing on right now. This is the stuff that could bring the country together and heal The Great Divide the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes have created for this country