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"excellent...valuable and judicious"
-Jill Lepore, "The New Yorker " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Richard Beeman is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0628ac8) out of 5 stars Makes Reading the Constitution Easy 8 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can't remember when, or even if, I read through the Constitution before. Whatever the case, I knew I had to read it now and get to know it.

After several false starts on other versions (a downloaded copy, an iPod app, the appendix of a book on politics), I have finally read it through with actual pleasure using this book. The secret is getting the text in short bursts, with the author breaking in to explain it section by section. It really helps to learn the "why" at the same time as learning the "what." I could digest it in small bites, and really understand what I was reading, so I didn't need to re-read things over and over which I have a tendency to do if I don't grasp the concept.

This book is short but packed with good material. It includes the Declaration of Independence (also broken into sections and explained), a sampling of the Federalist Papers, a few brief chapters on the history of what happened before, during, and after the writing of the Constitution, and a section on important Supreme Court decisions and how they tie in to the Constitution. I feel like I took a quick refresher course in Political Science after reading this through.

A couple of the author's opinions slip in here and there, and he seems to lean a wee bit to the left, but it's nothing you haven't already heard from your schoolteachers. There's nothing in here that should prevent anyone with any particular ideology from using this book to gain plenty of straightforward knowledge about the origins of our country. I would like to add that the publishing quality is superb - the paper is the very white, acid-free kind that will last long on your bookshelf, which was wise to use in the kind of book that will be useful to refer to repeatedly over the years.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b66234) out of 5 stars essential reading for understanding the constitution 11 April 2011
By arpard fazakas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand our Constitution and the various contemporary controversies regarding its interpretation. It consists of annotated texts of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, followed by slightly abridged versions of three of the most insightful Federalist Papers, followed by a concise history of the genesis, ratification, and early implementation of the Constitution. The author is a recognized expert on the history of the United States and the Constitution. The book is clear, well written, and to the point. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in political theory, government, the history of the United States, and constitutional law.
253 of 294 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a71b1c) out of 5 stars WHY AM I BLEEDING TO DEATH!! 4 Feb. 2016
By Leon Spinks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I WAS TOLD THIS WOULD STOP BULLETS AND HERE I AM IN THE SNOW IN OREGON. 5 STARS FOR THE BLUE TARP, THOUGH.
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HASH(0xa1b66dec) out of 5 stars Tread with Caution 22 Jan. 2016
By Crypto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a conservative, religious-themed constitutionalist organization, founded by Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) political writer W. Cleon Skousen, a former professor at Brigham Young University.
113 of 130 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b66f9c) out of 5 stars Like the Bible, read the source material yourself, and avoid the mental gymnastics and personal apologetics of extremists. 29 Jan. 2016
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As others have noted, this is not merely a pocket Constitution. It includes the insane ramblings of W. Cleon Skousen. He is in no way an expert in Constitutional law or American history. He was an end times Mormon conspiracy crank who merely inserts his personal delusions alongside. This has led to many people who are too lazy to read the Constitution themselves and learn the history, to take his personal beliefs as fact. It has led to a great many people thinking they can take over government property, and even more stupid people supporting them.
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