The tidal wave of Constitution books is upon us; this one focuses on personalities and the economic forces behind the document. An attorney who has worked for the Justice Department, Hauptly works adeptly toward ease of understanding, asking and answering, What is a constitution?"" Telling a series of stories about the builders of the first democracy since Ancient Greece, he carefully links one story and its times to another. Through the personages, readers should comprehend the Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, Virginia Plan, etc. Excitingly portrayed are austere George Washington, the man who wouldn't be king, and Madison, the mind of America. Hauptly also profiles the well known (Hamilton, Franklin), and the less known (Jay, Randolph, Paterson, Sherman). Appendixes include a list of delegates, bibliography, and the Constitution itself. In telling exuberant personal stories about the people behind the events, Hauptly fosters involvement, greater curiosity, and perhaps a desire to have been at what he calls ""the Mensa of its day."" Index.