The Quartet

The Quartet

Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

Book - 2015
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"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story--brilliantly told--of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible--some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385353403
Branch Call Number: 342.7302 Ell
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 24, 2019

I read this several years ago and was so fascinated that I am requesting it to read again. There aren’t many books that I reread so this is quite a compliment. I thought I had read a lot about the Revolutionary and Founding Fathers time period, but I learned so much more through this book!

Jun 07, 2015

I can't figure out if I am on order for this book. In any event, I want it. Marsue Gent 2-2345-00051045-6 Thanks


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