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[Comments] (1) We The People: Rachel brought me an advance copy of Young Patriots by Charles Cerami, a book about James Madison and Alexander Hamilton and their contributions to the building of the Constitution. It's an easy read and relatively short, so I'll be anxious for the next book to come my way!

Most history that I've read focuses on Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson, so it's interesting to learn about these younger guys. I don't know who Cerami is or what his credentials may be, but he has obviously poured over tons of correspondence and documents. Sometimes he says something that smacks of being made up: ". . . Martha reminded him [Washington] that all her plans for the future were based on his promise that he was leaving public life for good." But more often, he backs up his statements with quotations from a letter or speech.

Interestingly enough, at the end of the book is inserted the entire text of the U.S. Constitution, which I have never read. I'll take this opportunity to read it.


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