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on 8 July 2009
This book has explained the various aspects of the Declaration of Independence the Bill of Rights and Amendments in such a way that it can be easily understood. Brilliant Book!!!!
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on 3 October 2013
This small book contains full versions of the two most important documents that form the US constitutional system. These documents are themselves short, concise and to the point - something that maybe modern constitutional document writers should remember.

There is a certain amount of historical context given for these documents in the introduction and notes, but this is not a history book. If you're after a concise history of the USA, then you might want to consider something like the "Mental Floss" history of the USA, which gives a quick history of the country - including the drafting of these documents - in only 400 easy-reading pages. The jocular style might not be to everyone's taste, though.
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You will want your own copy.

I really should be reviewing the U.S. Constitution its self. But you can get copies almost anywhere including online. So the real difference comes in the introduction. Copies without any kibitzing are not bad; but try to find this in book form. Other versions go so far as to tell you that you are about to read outdated rhetoric. I do not need to read that before the Constitution.

With the Bantam Classic version we are treated to an introduction by an American Revolutionary scalar, Pauline Maier author of "Resistance to Revolution - Colonial radicals and the development of American opposition to Britain, 1765-1776."

What is good about the introduction is no preaching or soap box agenda. We get to see how the documents were drafted and molded into the constitution we all know. In the actual body of the document there are asterisks showing where the later amendments apply.

Contents:
INTRODUCTION by Pauline Maier
NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
THE CONSTITUTUON OF THE UNITED STATES
THE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DATES TO REMEMBER
INDEX TO CONSTTIUTION AND AMENDMENTS

I keep a paperback copy in my library and a Kindle copy (Text-to-Speech: Enabled) for on the go I plug it into the car radio. Amazon will send a free Kindle sample.

Liberty! The American Revolution
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on 7 November 2013
Small but stunning, an absolute must for any American and certainly for anybody interested in American history and politics. The introduction takes up about half of the book, which seems quite comical but takes nothing away from the book's quality.

I'll repeat, just an absolute must have.
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on 7 April 2013
Yeah this is a great book and a great buy .The constitution and declaration of independence has to be the greatest documents ever written ( not sorry liberals) and the entire book outlines how it came about and great details about the law itself !!Very relevant for today !!
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on 4 August 2014
Was looking for a general guide of the creation of the USA. Although I would claim not to be an expert even after reading this book it certainly has cleared up a lot of my questions. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the formation of the USA as a new world order.
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on 9 March 2012
This little book is a great read and more relevant today than it has ever been. All the information you will need on the constitution is very well presented in a compact package that fits in your back pocket.
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on 23 September 2011
This is a great edition containing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It's pocket sized and the print quality is good. The introductory essay was a real bonus.
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on 2 July 2015
Haven't read it since I went Philadelphia, PA and it is good appreciate its texts. What a shame that the UK couldn't have a written constitution and be a republic.
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on 14 February 2012
A straightforward text of both documents and a description of the process of composition. There are no unnecessary or unasked for opinions.
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