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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Carol Berkin does a profound job at explaining the American Constitution. You can virtual taste the teacher using this book to set some compare and contrast questions. Maybe if it was not so repetitive I would like it. As it turns out one of the fears of the delegates at the constitutional convention was that there would be perpetually disputed elections, although admittedly not on account of hanging chads, but rather because only George Washington had the thirteen colonies wide reputation of George Washington, leading them to imagine every state backing a separate candidate and deadlocked elections.

I didn’t read the whole book, only up to chapter 7 because that is what we were assigned for Ms.

Inventing the American Constitution. What I have learned from this reading was that for every action there is a reason, for every outcome and problem there is a solution, except in some cases the solution may not seem as clear as in the others.

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Recommended to Kendra G. But all their ideas, brilliatn, and compromises–from the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document–laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders’ greatest hopes.

Reading this book truly gave me an insight to understand upon which principles the nation was created, including equality and justice.

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A Brilliant Solution

All of these reasons were easily shot down by simple, logical arguments, and again I must ask why anyone would say a new government would bfrkin a bad idea at this time. After all, the way Slution see it, the less organized it is and the harder it is for the lower ranked people to figure things out, the more power the people at the top can have in the confusion. There were many difficulties and debates because it seemed as if there were a ridiculous amount of clashing personalities.

Instead they chose the “electoral college.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution by Carol Berkin

Silution Gathering of Demigods. Only in hindsight, as she points out in her epilogue, does politics and the two party system begin to immediately construe the constitution as supporting a strong central government and turning the office of president into the dominant catol making machine that it is today. The Perils of Power.

As much as I looked forward to reading this book, I really regret reading it. In the aftermath of the Revolution, real political power resided in these state governments.

But our first government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis. Please review your cart. Society can learn from these very pivotal dilemmas. A riveting narrative account of the motivations, endeavors, and results of the Constitutional Convention. Informative, but so, so boring. Account Options Sign in. Realizing their lack of clairvoyance and their imperfection in creating something that would fit the indefinite future, the framers of the constitution were wise enough to include in the constitution a capacity for change.

No army to ride with while exploring, no protective escort through the seas. Experiences down the road — the doings of human beings — were to be incorporated into the constitution in the form of amendments.


History I highly advise reading this book as this will enhance your understanding of not only the past but the modern society. The people at the top tried to get something out of it, suffocating their citizens or the states around them through any way they could.

Sometimes it’s boring, but most books I’ve had to read for school are. In the context of contemporary American politics Berkin is quite clear that the constitution did not come about because the founding fathers were of one mind. The Bill of Rights. 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.

Aug 20, Kayla rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. See 1 question about A Brilliant Solution…. If I was able to, I would have stopped reading it but I needed to know everything from this book in order to do well on my history test. Needless to say, it was hard to “debate” one statement after I got a little over words.

This is what the government was when Henry Knox said this statement inand it still is. A page book that was painfully and pointlessly expanded into a page book full of useless descriptions and erroneous statements. The Inauguration of President George Washington.

The Delegates to the Constitutional Convention.