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”. Berkin describes the making of the U.S. Constitution. A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution. Author: Carol Berkin. Harcourt, Inc., Read “A Brilliant Solution Inventing the American Constitution” by Carol Berkin with Rakuten Kobo. We know–and love–the story of the American Revolution.

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The delegates wrestled with issues and verbally with each — as the imperfect do.

A Brilliant Solution, by Carol Berkin

Overall rating No ratings yet 0. The solution to these problems, and others, would seem to modern Americans to be the task of the national government. History I highly advise reading this solutino as this will enhance your understanding of not only the past but the modern society. They kept going back to the same thing and repeating the same ideals. Here “men of their times,” In her talk on Book TV, Berkin described what interested her in the topic.

Brilliwnt would definitely suggest this book to historians who are interested in getting a better insight on the American Brilluant. It talks of how America was weak when it was under the Articles of Confederation, and that a change was necessary and dire. Short view spoiler [ pages once you discount the constitutions at the end of the book hide spoiler ].

Aug 30, Elizabeth S rated it it was ok Shelves: I would recommend this book to those U. Some, most likely they who crave power, would disagree with this statement. The Call for a Convention. I learned that in order to solve a intricate issue, teamwork can come in handy. The United States Constitution.

Others were vain, ambitious, even unscrupulous in their political and private relationships I thought it was interesting of the whole concept of going back to history to try to solve present problems. Bfilliant struggled to hold the states together, and interests often clashed.


May 08, Backoff51 rated it really liked it.

Its hard to muster much enthusiasm once I realised that Alexander Hamilton and other founding fathers could not stand to sit though the whole of the convention and took themselves off for extended breaks – they not me were the ones with a stake in the process!

Rice planters had to replace much of their labor force as hundreds of slaves had run away or found refuge in British army camps. And what were they fighting for but to secure the absolute sovereignty of their local representative assemblies?

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. Designed with an eye toward decentralizing power, the Articles worked so well that the young nation soon found itself without any significant power.

You’ve successfully reported this review. The answer according to her book is not much. Paperbackpages. Informative, but so, so boring. Here “men of their times,” she comments that they were not as concerned with the role of the executive as we are today. Reviews by People Forced to Read It. The delegates went into the convention concerned about the creation of a new congress and with many seeing the presidency as other than a critical branch of government.

Dec 07, Yan Kadouri rated it it was amazing. Jan 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: For the newly independent United States, the years just after the Revolution were the best of times and the worst of times: But our first government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis.

A rich narrative portrait of post-revolutionary America and the men who shaped its political future. The chapters were extremely lengthy and super boring.

A Brilliant Solution: inventing the American Constitution

Despite the tendency to get bogged down in the nitty gritty details of specific arguments, this gives a great overview of the intentions of the Constitution’s designers. The are plenty of accounts and information nerkin what was put into the creation of our constitution. I learned so much from this one book.


One of the problems the USA had under brilliaht articles of Confederation was that US shipping and sailors in the Mediterranean were being captured and held for ransom by North African Muslim pirates, ransoms which embarrassingly the early USA could not rustle up the money to pay.

Federal means having a system of government in which multiple states are a union but are still independent in internal matters.

The book is very good, I just find the topic boring. Berkin, Writes a great narrative on the history of the founding period and the constitution. This had given me some helpful insight on what the chapter would be about and what to focus on more when reading it.

A concise account of the deliberations of the framers of the Constituion, and the conflicting ideas from which the structure of the federal government emerged. Farther north peace, not war, had dealt the crushing blow to New England”s economy. One of the best books I’ve read in US history. Relationships among the states were no better. As well it includes how the Articles of Confederation was a downfall to the nation and what not. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Berkin presents it thus, as facts caril interpretation.

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The Bill of Rights. The reason for such action was to prevent the rise of tyrants within the government, similar to the British monarchy. The American Revolutionary war ended in Needless to say, it was hard to “debate” one statement after I got a little over words. The question was could they do anything to save their country.