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The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution: A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections from the Federalist Papers

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A unique and handy guide to the law of land from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars.
Known across the country for his appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Professor Richard Beeman is one of the nation's foremost experts on the United States Constitution. In this book, he has produced what every American should have: a compact, fully annotat
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Penguin Books (first published July 29th 2010)
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Ray Stickle
Readers looking to get reacquainted (or simply acquainted) with the U.S. Constitution need look no further. Here you have the original text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution interspersed with annotations that provide historical background, objective clarifications, and important connections to legislation that preceded and followed the documents. Following the two documents are selections from The Federalist Papers, including Madison on separation of powers and Hamilton on ...more
Josh McConnell
Richard Beeman has a brilliant piece of work here. Purposefully designed to be a small pocketbook for reference, The Penguin Guide To The United States Constitution takes an unbiased annotated commentary to America's important founding documents. Beeman goes through the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, Amendments to the Constitution and finally a few selections from The Federalist Papers. All of these are broken down effectively to explain what the language meant at t ...more
Tyler Hill
This book, or at least a book very much like it, should probably be required reading for all Americans. But, based on the fact that I somehow received a High School and College education without reading either the Declaration nor the Constitution in its entirety, it obviously isn't. So, why bother reading it now, at the ripe old age of 35? Well, to be frank, in recent years, it seems like people whose political opinions I disagree with have become more and more fond of wrapping themselves in the ...more
There is so much crap talked about the US constitution that I had to study to become a US citizen that I thought I should know a bit more. This book sits by my computer to wack back at strict constitutionalists in on line arguments. A good summary and commentary on the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and key Federalist Papers by someone without an axe to grind who writes intelligently and informatively.
Genesis Hansen
This book suffers from the curse of a crappy title - sounds dead boring, doesn't it? We did a community read wit this and the author came to speak at my library so I picked this up to skim before attending the event. It's a short and very accessible guide to the Constitution and other important documents in the history of the United States, and FAR more interesting than the title makes it sound. It would be a great text book for a high school or college class, as it really brings to life some of ...more
This was an interesting read because it includes the complete text of important founding documents along with analyses and explanations to make them more understandable. These founding documents contain some of the longest sentences I've ever read and can be difficult to follow. The modern language descriptions help with understanding the importance of what is said, or not said in some cases. It also puts them in the context of the times in which they were written. I learned a lot and this book ...more
Great book, a clear guide to the Constitution, some U.S. history, and important Supreme Court Rulings
Richard Dickerson
Did not like this topic in school. This book, however, is concise and well written. It provides a great background for topics in the press today.
The annotations in this book are lovely. They are perfect way learn about the how and why of the Constitution in a quick and interesting read.
Charles Pearce
Really good summary of its history. It only took me a few days to read.
easy way of learning how the U.S.A. started off as a country
not stellar, but enjoyable and informative.
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