Get Your Free Audiobook

  • Forge of Union, Anvil of Liberty

  • A Correspondent's Report on the First Federal Elections, the First Federal Congress, and the Bill of Rights
  • By: Jeffrey St. John
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas

Non-member price: $27.79

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

One of the most important news stories of the last two centuries comes to life in this "eyewitness account" of America's first Federal elections, the First Congress, and President Washington creating the Bill of Rights. In this swift-moving and colorful chronicle, written by St. John as though he were an on-the-scene reporter, listeners will discover how Congressman James Madison became, in the formative months of the new Republic, the power behind Washington in the executive branch, while wheeling and dealing in Congress and still championing a separation of powers; how Madison had to fight both friend and foe of the Constitution to pass a Federal Bill of Rights in the First Congress; why Washington and Madison saw the future of America in the frontier West and not in Europe; and how Spanish and British intrigues, and hostile Indian tribes on the American frontier, posed a threat to the survival of the new national government. Vastly entertaining, based on documented and newly-available sources, this book is both a popular history and an important contribution to the study of the founding of the American Republic.

This book and its predecessors are a captivating history lesson, told like a banner headline news story, for Americans wanting to know the roots of the political freedoms they enjoy today.

©1992 Jeffrey St. John (P)1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This book, like the first two of St. John's trilogy, tells an exciting story of our nation's founding, which should engage readers of all ages and backgrounds." (Warren Burger)

What listeners say about Forge of Union, Anvil of Liberty

Average Customer Ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gary
  • Gary
  • 01-09-2006


His first 2 books were good. This one has so much useless and extraneous information that it makes the book almost worthless. Buy the first 2. Save your time and money - leave this one "on the shelf".

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for VAHagel
  • VAHagel
  • 14-06-2017

amazing. exactly what we need to be focusing on

this is exactly what we need to be focusing on right now. This is the stuff that could bring the country together and heal The Great Divide the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes have created for this country

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.