Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September 1787

By Catherine Drinker Bowen
Read by Kristen Underwood

13.32 Hours 04/01/1995 unabridged
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Miracle at Philadelphia is the story of that stormy, brilliant session of 1787 in Philadelphia which saw the birth of the Constitution of the United States. Looked at straight from the records, the Federal Convention is startlingly fresh and new, as if you are actually there mingling with the delegates, hearing their arguments, and witnessing a dramatic moment in history. Here is the fascinating record of those hot, sultry summer months of debate when ideas clashed and tempers flared. Here is the country as it was then, as described by Berkshire farmers, Patrick Henry’s fringed-legginged Kentucky allies, and French and English travelers. Here, too, are the offstage voices—Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine, and John Adams from Europe—all intensely concerned with what was going on in Philadelphia.

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Summary

Summary

Miracle at Philadelphia is the story of that stormy, brilliant session of 1787 in Philadelphia which saw the birth of the Constitution of the United States. Looked at straight from the records, the Federal Convention is startlingly fresh and new, as if you are actually there mingling with the delegates, hearing their arguments, and witnessing a dramatic moment in history.

Here is the fascinating record of those hot, sultry summer months of debate when ideas clashed and tempers flared. Here is the country as it was then, as described by Berkshire farmers, Patrick Henry’s fringed-legginged Kentucky allies, and French and English travelers. Here, too, are the offstage voices—Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine, and John Adams from Europe—all intensely concerned with what was going on in Philadelphia.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The clear narration by Kristen Underwood gives the impression that Bowen herself is addressing the listener, after having mingled with the delegates, heard their arguments and witnessed this dramatic moment in history…[A] pleasant, expressive reading of a brilliant work.” AudioFile
“An excellent, palatable way to take in history…Kristen Underwood reads clearly and is attentive to the material.” Library Journal
“Kristen Underwood reads clearly and is attentive to the material.”  Library Journal

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Author Bio: Catherine Drinker Bowen

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897–1973) was one of the most prominent practitioners in the field of literary biography. Her two best-known works, John Adams and the American Revolution and Yankee from Olympus, have been praised as faithful and sympathetic portraits of distinguished Americans.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English