Constitutional Journal
Jeffrey St. John

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Narrated By: Jeff Riggenbach

Duration: 7 hours and 30 minutes

What to expect

You are there, in 1787, at America’s constitutional convention, with the inside story that reads like a modern-day account of the secret proceedings in Philadelphia. Veteran print and broadcast journalist Jeffrey St. John “reports” each day’s proceedings, flavoring his dispatches with quotes from private correspondence and notes of the delegates.

He captures the frustration, conflict, hope, and despair of America’s founders during that long, sweltering summer session, as the political future of the country hangs in the balance. It is an enthralling story, never before told in this journalistic form.

Genre

History of the Americas, History, Legal systems: civil procedure, litigation and dispute resolution, Politics and government, Constitution: government and the state

Listen to a sample

“Riggenbach offers a smooth, outstanding reading. His voice is rich, well modulated and perfectly timed.”

Kliatt

“Riggenbach’s voice is the perfect accompaniment to this book. He has a good sense of how to make history interesting, and his voice is easy to understand…Riggenbach gives the delegates a forum to air their views, but his voice never intrudes on the weight of their words.”

AudioFile

“Lively, gripping, informative, all in all first rate…A superb job.”

Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut

“Captures the tension and drama of the Convention so thoroughly that I found myself at times eagerly wondering how the story would turn out, even though I’ve been studying the subject for forty years. The account is remarkably accurate.”