Review: A Brilliant Solution, Inventing the American Constitution – by Carol Berkin July This book published in should be a must read for. Berkin describes the making of the U.S. Constitution. A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution. Author: Carol Berkin. Harcourt, Inc., At first glance to Carol Berkin’s a Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution I felt uneasy. I predicted it was going to be reading a short “textbook”.

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Selection of the executive was intriguing, as was the skepticism by which the founders approached power, wanting t Another quick read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. New Jersey had gone so far as to create its own customs service, an ironic tribute to the regulatory system of its former British rulers.

The delegates had an aversion to absolutes bfrkin a great strength. States with natural advantages made every effort to abuse those without them. Federal means having a system of government in which multiple states are a union but are still independent in internal matters.

These two were to deliver the election results of their state, signed, certified and in a sealed envelope, to Congress, where the results were to be counted in front of congressmen and senators. Brioliant were out doing whatever they pleased, such as the states having caroll much inner power and becoming rather corrupt, as said here in A Brilliant Solution: If this is assigned to you as a must-read for school or something of that sort, than you’d be best off simply skimming the book or getting the information elsewhere.

True, the restrictions and injustices suffered in the colonial era had been eliminated but so, too, had many of the advantages of membership in the British empire.


A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! In the book Berkin manages to humanize many of the delegates unlike most textbooks do. In the aftermath of the Revolution, real political power resided in these state governments. The question was could they do anything to save their country? The reason for such action was to prevent the rise of tyrants within the government, similar to the British monarchy. Although the universally revered George Washington and Ben Franklin were both active in the convention, they were less assertive than such younger colleagues as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

As well it includes how the Articles of Confederation was a downfall to the nation and what not.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

Dec 06, Naurin rated it did not like it. A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future.

They held meetings in private desperately trying to find solutions in amending the confederation. And what were they fighting for but to secure the absolute sovereignty of their local representative assemblies? I can prove this is not a good choice to make out of the events that followed: A Brilliant Solution is one of my favorite non-fiction book. They had goals of equality and unity in Americas. The answer according to her book is not much. You’ve successfully reported this review.

Oct 13, Noelle Coleman rated it liked it.

The question was could they do anything to save their country. Thus, many compromises were created, and the amendments were added to the Constitution, promoting the law that parts of the constitution can be altered if needed.

Its army was small and inconsequential; its credit was ruined; and the 13 states tended to conduct themselves as wholly independent political units.


A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future Though beerkin American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation’s brilliannt story, the years immediately following the war–when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis–were in fact the most crucial in establishing the country’s independence.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Congress struggled to hold the states together, and interests often clashed. Dec 07, Arelis rated it did not like it. The Perils of Power. A riveting narrative account of the motivations, endeavors, and results of the Constitutional Convention. This is without a doubt my favorite history book!

The states had their own little chaotic governments. Made me realize much more about the individual debates at hand in the Constitution, and the difficulty of the convention and adoption process.

A Gathering of Demigods. Despairing, idle fishermen could be seen in every seaport town, helpless in the face of British trade restrictions against them in the West Indies.

But all the ideas, arguments, and compromises led to a great thing: The document was certainly a combination of varied views from varied people. A solid telling of the story of the constitutional convention, which I devoured in a couple hours on a flight.

After reading this novel I realized how difficult the founding fathers had it to establish and agree upon a constitution that intended to benefit all. The review must be at least 50 characters long.