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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (124 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1986 ISBN: 9781482973853
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Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a document that would create a country and change a world: the Constitution. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. Decision in Philadelphia is the best popular history of the Constitutional Convention; in it, the life and times of eighteenth century America not only come alive, but the very human qualities of the men who framed the document are brought provocatively into focus—casting many of the Founding Fathers in a new light. A celebration of how and why our Constitution came into being, Decision in Philadelphia is also a testament of the American spirit at its finest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bronson Pinchot’s tenor voice is expressive, confident, and steady throughout.”

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  • “Modern readers will find the authors’ comments on the Constitution particularly interesting, casting many of the Founding Fathers in a new light.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Porter | 12/29/2013

    " Exceptional and thorough review of the process, bickering, negotiation and compromise that forged one of the most important documents in history. Eye-opening for anyone who already thinks they already know the motives behind its creation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flora | 12/7/2013

    " Accessible account of the Constitutional Convention, with good character sketches that would have gone miles toward helping me digest the John Marshall book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Hemstreet | 11/5/2013

    " This is a great study of the thinking and maneuvering that transpired during the writing of our constitution. Easy to read and understand. Highly recommended for anyone interested in history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 9/24/2013

    " Behind the scenes insight into the wrangling and deal-making that produced the US Constitution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/6/2013

    " Was a little tough to get through at times, but I thought it was interesting to read about the individuals involved in the Convention, their perspectives, and what they contributed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/19/2013

    " If you are not interested in the Constitution, not a book for you. However, it provides great reflection and incite about how the Constitution was draft, and interesting and little known information about the drafters. Great read! High school level and above. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khia Fulton | 4/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this read. Though it was historical, it was not boring. A great read and great knowledge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramesh Naidu | 4/18/2013

    " A riveting book , cannot recommend it enough to any history buff, especially the ones who seem to know exactly what the founding fathers would have wanted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randee | 4/14/2013

    " Amazingly, the same arguments continue..There is indeed nothing new under the sun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Doty | 2/23/2013

    " This was read for entertainment and then critically for school. Important insights into the formation of our Country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/21/2013

    " I loved it! A fascinating glimpse into the character of the men involved in drafting the Constitution, plus the issues and compromises involved in the finished product. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 1/14/2013

    " A good, well-written survey of the Constitutional Convention. Not the most in-depth study of the Convention, but one of the most accessible for the non-specialist who is interested in not only what happened, but also the personalities of the delegates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. Thomas Wasser | 12/5/2012

    " One of the best and well researched books I've come across. Read it years ago and still use it for references and to frame my political thinking. Once you read it and compare to the politicians of the day...yikes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 9/17/2012

    " Venerates the founding members a bit much and overlooks their financial interests in building a new government. "

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About the Author

Christopher Collier is an author and historian. He attended Clark University and Columbia University, where he earned his PhD. He was the official Connecticut State Historian from 1984 to 2004 and is now professor of history emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He is the brother of James Lincoln Collier, with whom he has written a number of novels, most of which are based on historic events. His books have been nominated for several awards, including the Newbery Honor and the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.