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The Constitution of the United States of America

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  26,436 ratings  ·  655 reviews
The complete text of the United States Constitution, including all of the amendments. This inexpesnive pamphlet edition is sure to be prized by Americans of all ages.
Paperback, 30 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Applewood Books (first published 1787)
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Steven Northover Reading the Constitution alone is not sufficient. If we are to keep our Republic, every school child must be immersed in our founding history and docu…moreReading the Constitution alone is not sufficient. If we are to keep our Republic, every school child must be immersed in our founding history and documents. Begin, in the beginning.
What led to the rebellion? How was it organized?
Why did we prepare a declaration of independence?
What was its purpose then? What is its purpose today?
How did the rebellion go? Why did we win?
Why were the Articles of Confederation inadequate?
How were the problems resolved?
What compromises did the founders make? What tyrannical behaviors did the Constitution seek to avoid? What is the Constitution's purpose? How is it working out for us today?(less)
Rick I just want to add this to Glauber's answer that it's like the instructions for shampooing your hair: Start at the first page, read until the last, re…moreI just want to add this to Glauber's answer that it's like the instructions for shampooing your hair: Start at the first page, read until the last, repeat as needed.(less)

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Charl(ie|es)
May 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a good laugh
Extremely antiquated and obfuscated. Predictable ending and almost always misinterpreted. I'm hoping the 2nd edition is revised to make it more relevant and useful to the people it was supposedly written for. ...more
Manny
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Has Goodreads got a new recommendations algorithm?! This seemed waaaaay smarter than usual...
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Scott Sigler
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every American should read this. Particularly now.
Charles  van Buren
The fundamental governing document of the United States

This review is of the free Kindle edition as described below:

Publication Date: March 24, 2011
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This free edition does not contain the Bill of Rights or any of the other amendments. Otherwise, it is an easy to rea
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James Tullos
Feb 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
Hold on, who the fuck is saying a black person is 3/5 of a white one? Who thought that was okay?
Sidharth Vardhan
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 8-usa
Will an American lose his citizenship if he one-stars this book?
Ezra
Jul 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Americans
WOW! What a piece of work. Twists, turns, cliffhangers! This will really leave the Nation on the edge of its seat.
Peter Macinnis
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It might seem odd that an Australian would list this—and if you look at the shelves I have it on, Americans may perceive one apparent inconsistency. Folks, if you see 'odd' or 'inconsistent', you don't know the full story.

Because Britain had (and has) no written constitution, the Australian constitutional conventions needed to look closely at other examples, and high on their list was the US Constitution.

To be blunt, Australia's founding fathers (no women were allowed in) followed the US Constit
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Somehow I don't look at this as a "book" it's more of a document. But I do wish every American would read it. Get through the construction parts, see what's been changed over the life of our country by reading the amendments (the shameful attempt to allow slavery, the repudiation of slavery. the change from senators being selected by the house to being elected directly, etc., etc.).

Read, understand and treasure the rights guaranteed to every American in the Bill of Rights...note that, "The Bill
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R.K. Byers
May 25, 2010 rated it liked it
a lot of good ideas. except, you know, the 3/5ths part.
Jeff
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm gonna take the first step to understand the laws of the land. Mabey if more people read and studied this book, we would not have the shit-hole government that we do. ...more
Clayton Chase
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it. I wish Congress would too.
Vaishali
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-history
It's about time I read this, and so grateful. Only as an older, experienced adult could I fully appreciate this expertly crafted work. Got chills reciting the President's Inaugural Oath!

Refreshers from the original document :
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"This Constitution... shall be the supreme Law of the Land"

“The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand”

"The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in Decembe
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Cathleen
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was time for a re-read.
tammy
Apr 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rated-1-star, 2020, school
ap us gov and politics got me reading the constitution to take notes on it sigh

one star for the like twelve hours spent on this

yes i’m adding this to my reading challenge mind your own business
Joshua  Gonsalves
Jan 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics, philosophy
possibly the lamest book out there. buncha morons in wigs got together and wrote this so they and their spawn could maintain an aristocratic chokehold over american society. as a piece of literature, it obviously flounders compared to the delicate prose of "The Declaration of Independence," but the prose isn't the problem here. The problems are the arbitrary rules and overcomplications that twisted the american system in a way pointing toward prosperity for few and poverty for the people. the fi ...more
Brian
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to find some stuff I didn't know but this version excluded ammendments. I want to read the full version some day. I like knowing my constitutional rights but I didn't find anything I didn't know in this original version. The version lays out the original plan of government. I learned we are protected by the constitution when we talk about how much we make at work. I wanted to learn more.

I noted a couple excerpts:

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited
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Darwin8u
I've probably read this a dozen times. Sometimes in parts, often from beginning to end. I'm a policy analyst by training, so this was essential/core reading in several university classes and really is essential/core reading for US Citizens. Strangely, it has many who treat it with an almost religious reverence without carefully reading the actual words. Hey, so it is like the Bible. ...more
Jerrica
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
FIVE STARS FOR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Malia
Jun 10, 2020 added it
Biggest takeaway: The Founding Fathers spelled choose “chuse”.
Seriously, though, definitely worth a read or reread if you, like me, haven’t done so since school.

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T
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something something Donald Trump
Mackey
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A must read for every American
booklady
Fascinating little document which every American should read at least once a year. Why has it been so long between readings for me?! I think my last reading was in 2003 when we visited the District of Columbia as a family with our daughters. This is a handy little pocket-sized version of the document but if you do not want to purchase your own copy, you can still read The Constitution of the United States of America on-line here. But whatever you do, read it. Know what it says. Know your constit ...more
Patrick Peterson
2022-03-14 I read this first in 8th grade history class where we studied it very carefully for several months. I remember it was a remarkable experience that really helped get me interested in history, civics and how the world works. I was a mediocre student mostly up to the year before when I had another history teacher who helped ignite a passion in me for history and how the world has, does and could work. I got very good at understanding why all the parts of the constitution were put there, ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, political
The basic framework of American government, it is a must read for all Americans.
May 2020: With America being fiercely split along party lines, every American needs to read the Constitution. Like the Bible many interpret to fit their beliefs. Read with an open mind.
Forrest
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Often misinterpreted and misrepresented, especially since about 2017. Work-in-progress . . .
Jenny Baker
Readathon: This is part of a readathon to help me lower my TBR to a reasonable number. I may have to continue this readathon for five years to achieve this goal.
Francesca Calarco
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, this is an odd book to review, to put it lightly. It’s also worth noting that if you paid attention in school or follow United States news, this read is more-or-less a quick refresher of basic principles. The copy I got from my library only contained Articles I – VII, though I did also find a copy of the Bill of Rights and subsequent seventeen Amendments—for completionism sake.

To quickly summarize, Article I details the role and body of the legislative branch (the House of Representatives an
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Cordell
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most important political document ever created. Unfortunatly it is not as widely read as it should be. Our (USA) government has gone wildly past its oritional scope. More people should read the actual constitution to understand how simple government was meant to be. For example Article 1 section 8 lists the powers of the Congress. There are only 18 of them. Makes me think where does it get the power to take my money and redistribut it to cash for clunkers.

Here it is.

The Congress shall have
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M.E.
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time that I've read the Constitution simply because I wanted to read it, and it sure won't be the last. Every citizen of the United States should study this brilliant document closely, because if we don't know and understand it, the rights that it guarantees us will be taken from us. I think most people have a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of this document. It was designed, not to give the government power, but to restrict the government's power. To give a limit t ...more
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