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Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century
Hendrik Meijer
Progress: 74/448 pages
Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge 1977-1981
Edward C. Keefer, Erin R. Mahan
Progress: 61/815 pages
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
Progress: 257/520 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 880 pages.

The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution - Michael J. Klarman

Klarman's description of the myriad problems facing the Confederation government was incredibly persuasive. I had read somewhere once that, given time, it might have evolved into a workable parliamentary democracy. Klarman makes it clear that the crises it faced meant that its survival was never a realistic proposition.