Today we hold the Constitution in such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested its adoption was, yet many of the 13 states saw fierce debate over the document. Virginia, for example, approved the Constitution by the barest of margins, and only after an epic political battle between James Madison and Patrick Henry. Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes, the diminutive and exceedingly shy Madison. Actor Richard Poe—who appeared on Broadway in 1776 and in the feature film Born on the Fourth of July—reads the unabridged text.
"Poe's presentation is absolutely wonderful."—Library Journal
"For those used to thinking of the Bill of Rights as carved in stone, it is also instructive to see just how large a role accident played in its creation."—NYTBR