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A revelation. Not an action packed drama but a methodical adding of detail upon detail that provides a whole new picture of the U.S. Constitution. The conventional picture of the founding fathers has been touched up to hide some unflattering facts as to their elitist intentions at the Constitutional Convention. Holton documents their contempt for the common man and how fear of rebellion limited their push for an authoritarian central government. The roles of the major players are described. James Madison's role is particularly interesting. Early on he strongly supported extreme central government powers but later ardently supported adding the Bill of Rights.