From war powers to health care, freedom of speech to gun ownership, religious liberty to abortion, practically every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. This vital document, along with its history of political and judicial interpretation, governs our individual lives and the life of our nation. Yet most of us know surprisingly little about the Constitution itself, and are woefully unprepared to think for ourselves about recent developments in its long and storied history.
The Constitution: An Introduction is the definitive modern primer on the US Constitution. Michael Stokes Paulsen, one of the nation's most provocative and accomplished scholars of the Constitution, and his son Luke Paulsen, a gifted young writer and lay scholar, have combined to write a lively introduction to the supreme law of the United States, covering the Constitution's history and meaning in clear, accessible terms.
Beginning with the Constitution's birth in 1787, Paulsen and Paulsen offer a grand tour of its provisions, principles, and interpretation, introducing listeners to the characters and controversies that have shaped the Constitution in the 200-plus years since its creation. Along the way, the authors provide correctives to the shallow myths and partial truths that pervade so much popular treatment of the Constitution, from school textbooks to media accounts of today's controversies, and offer powerful insights into the Constitution's true meaning.
A lucid and engaging guide, The Constitution: An Introduction provides listeners with the tools to think critically and independently about constitutional issues - a skill that is ever more essential to the continued flourishing of American democracy.
This book is an excellent piece of scholarship. It's thorough & comprehensive but, despite repeated protestations to the contrary, it is unambiguously clear the author's personal views in the language used and the way certain cases are treated. That said, it remains a worthwhile read.
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What did you love best about The Constitution?
I have many audible books and out of the hundred or so this is the most important book that I have in my library. This authors have presented a overview and evolution of the Constittion or the rule of law in American. Clearly, the Main stream media, Educational System, Far Left Supreme Justices, corrupt politicians in both parties, and the greed of the American Chamber of Commence are constantly undermining the freedoms of We THE PEOPLE have in the Constitution. A must read for all Americans who value INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS!
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
Walter Dixon has a fantastic and compelling voice and raises the narrative to another level.
Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?
The Constitution is the main character in this book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
You will receive a great overview and evolution of the Constitution in a pleasant, intelligent and entertaining manner.
Any additional comments?
A must read for all Americans who value individual freedoms of We The People. This book will be ridiculed by the Main Stream Medica, Radical Left Democrats, Corrupt Politicians in the Democrat and Republican Party, Progressive Supreme Court Justices including John Roberts, Progressive Educators, and corrupt American Chamber of Commerce.
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I felt this was a very educational experience to learn so many of the cases that have influenced the interpretation of the Constitution. I was saddened to hear how often the Supreme Court rule against the rights of individuals due to the Prejudices of society.
I was also very happy to hear when they would rule favorably towards the correct rights of u.s. citizens and correct some of the past mistakes.
Good book, useful and relevant examples. The author revealed his perspective citing historical and current interpretations.
This is a well-written book for the smart high school or undergraduate who wants to be oriented rightly to listen to and participate in political conversations. It does not suffice as a substitute for reading the actual Constitution- bay, you ought to read the original before diving in to this worthwhile audiobook!
This audiobook follows a mostly chronological path from the Declaration of Independence to the Obama Administration. Focusing on many of the major supreme court decisions and how they were applied and interpreted based on the Constitution.
Overall this audiobook provides an excellent overview of the Constitution that is entertaining and interesting. The only reason I gave it less than 5 stars is due to the authors bias interpretation, although acknowledged, over Roe v. Wade. However, this did not subtract from the overall book.
Have been listening during the final days of 2016 election. WOW! Will order book to mark/highlight while listening again. Should be mandatory book for high school government classes.
I listened to this book in preparation for voting this fall. I loved the way the authors went through the constitution connecting it with historical context. It was an excellent introduction to the constitution. I recommend this book to anyone who feels like their memory of constitutional law has gotten fuzzy since high school. The explanation and contrasting views presented on each constitutional topic were easy to understand.
I was looking for a book that would give me some insight into the text of the constitution and the meanings of amendments. This book did that and also gave many situations where those texts were interpreted differently over the years. I enjoyed it overall and have much more information. The only reason I'm rating it 4 stars is because I would have liked less opinion from the authors. Though I agreed with some of the opinions, I still would rather have had none and just factual information.
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