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    • Original Meanings

    • Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
    • By: Jack N. Rakove
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Epistemological in its approach ...

    • By History on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Revolutionaries

    • A New History of the Invention of America
    • By: Jack Rakove
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good intellectual history

    • By Roger on 02-18-11

    Regular price: $28.00