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Young Patriots
Young Patriots
The Remarkable Story of Two Men, Their Impossible Plan
and the Revolution That Created the Constitution

by Charles Cerami
Published by Sourcebooks
May 2005

Book Review from The Patriot Resource:
Young Patriots: The Remarkable Story of Two Men, Their Impossible Plan and the Revolution That Created the Constitution is a highly enjoyable glimpse of the birth of the Constitution and the new nation. Though the title seems to indicate that the book is about Madison and Hamilton, the book really uses Madison as its sole lead character. Hamilton disppears for pages at a time and is more of a supporting character, one of many who were important to the writing and ratifying of the Constitution. He's apparently played up as Madison's partner because of his later rivalry with James Madison.

Mr. Cerami has a fluid style and has managed to hit the high (and a few of the low)-points of the Constitutional Convention. It's improbable that a 300-page book could trace every pivotal moment from the birth of the idea of what become the Constitutional Convention through to ratification, but Mr. Cerami has selected some entertaining and illuminating moments from that timeline that keep the pages turning..

The book moves along quickly and paints the momentous events in broad strokes. Though there is much more to the history, the book ties up all the loose ends that are introduced within its pages, which leaves the reader more than satisfied with the material presented. Young Patriots is a rousing and concise overview of the formulation of the Constitution which brings color and character to the historical figures. Appropriately, Cerami closes out the book with a reprinting of the Constitution.





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