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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It helps give me a better, fulfilling, understanding and I truly benefit from that.

She describes the setting: For the sake of a balance of power they decided to give the chief executive the power to veto legislation — as some Europeans had offered to their constitutional monarchs.

The Delegates to the Constitutional Convention. James Madison described New Jersey, trapped between the two states, as “a cask tapped at both ends. I hope he’s at least read the Cliffs Notes version of the Constitution, but I doubt it. The Call for a Convention. A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency.

Dec 07, Yan Kadouri rated it it was amazing.

The decision to support a bicameral legislature with proportional representation in only one of the two houses was one of the most brilliant parts of the brilliant solution.

The nation created back then would have a great impact to our current one. More disturbing was the news that in New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland, backcountry farmers were rising up birlliant armed rebellion and had to be controlled by militia units.

When I think of the constitution I don’t think that there was as much involved as I learned from this book. I learned a lot of historical facts by reading this bool.

Sep 25, Eileen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Instead they chose the “electoral college. There were many difficulties and debates because it seemed as if there were a ridiculous amount of clashing personalities. Nerkin were people who thought creating an efficient government was pointless or unimportant. Lists with This Book. Appended to her engaging narrative are copies of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution as initially approved, as well as dolution biographies of all the representatives to the convention.


A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

Berkin is not belittling the delegates. Jefferson, in France at the time, described the framers as “demigods. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- History – pages. For these Revolutionaries, the rallying cry of “No taxation without representation” had meaning only in the context of their local colonial assemblies, now free from the oppression of the British Parliament and the British king. The hotels an One of the best books I’ve read in US history. vrilliant

A Brilliant Solution

I liked the way Berkin named each chapter with a clever name briliant a quote. The United States, he declared, was doing more harm brekin itself than the British army had ever done. The men involved in creating the new government for the United States become men again in this book, not the “mythical founders who could do no wrong”, or, as it sometimes comes across now that we are struggling with come to terms with their flaws, “the dastardly founders whose flaws make it impossible to admit they did some things right.

Meanwhile, New York and Pennsylvania, both blessed with major ports, imposed steep duties on a goods destined for neighboring states.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

And if a book is relevant to everyday caro, then I consider it a “good” book. Unfortunately I am not an American History fan so this might be the reason behind my lethargic attitude while reading this book. These nagging economic problems had not brought Americans closer together. Harvest Books, pgs There are countless history textbooks that tell of the Constitutional Convention.

As one that has a balance of power and prevents rights from being violated. Relations between the states were poor, and many questioned whether they would remain united. Berkij the conflict and chaos created by thirteen independent mercantile caroo was obvious, yet calls for commercial cooperation that year and the following year were met with suspicion, resistance-and a decided lack of interest. I think this book was worse than the passages from the SAT exams. Unfortunately, each of these blessings soon proved to have a darker side.


It took true effort to get myself to keep going, which is a shame since the topic is so fascinating. I do not recommend this x to any one unless they are into history and would like to waste their time reading this.

A Brilliant Solution, by Carol Berkin

Despairing, idle fishermen could be seen in every seaport town, helpless in the face of British trade restrictions against them in the West Indies. View Full Version of PW. Jan 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: I learned that in order to solve a intricate issue, teamwork can come in handy.

As much as I looked forward to reading this book, I really regret reading it. 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.

For the newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: Inventing the American Constitution I felt uneasy. May 08, Backoff51 rated it really liked it.

If this is assigned to you A page book that was painfully and pointlessly expanded into a page book full of useless descriptions and erroneous statements. Congress could override the President’s veto by a two-thirds vote.