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Bill of Rights: with Writings that Formed Its Foundation (Little Books of Wisdom) [Hardcover]

James Madison , George Mason
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January 15, 2008 155709151X 978-1557091512 This leatherette edition of the text of the United States Bill of Rights, alongs
Collectively known as the United States Bill of Rights, these first ten amendments to the United States Constitution limit the powers of the federal government and protect the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory. Introduced in 1789 in the First United States Congress by James Madison, these amendments came into effect on December 15, 1791, when ratified by three-fourths of the states. This document plays a central role in American law and remains to this day a symbol of the freedoms and culture of this nation. In this beautiful gift edition, the text of the Bill of Rights is set alongside a history of the amendments, thus placing the document in its historical context.

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George Mason IV (December 11, 1725 - October 7, 1792) was a United States patriot, statesman, and delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention.

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Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.: ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution. (The Preamble to the Bill of Rights)

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  • Series: Little Books of Wisdom
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Applewood Books; This leatherette edition of the text of the United States Bill of Rights, alongs edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155709151X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557091512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deaver graduated with a Magna in History from Harvard College, with his senior thesis being, "Civilizing the Machine: Civil War to 1900." He went on to Harvard Business School (HBS) and concentrated on marketing and operations. "Marketing is how you catch the bear; operations is how you skin him and determine whether you profit or not," says Deaver. One of his favorite quotes is Thorstein Veblen, "The more useless the activity the more it is highly regarded."

Deaver is a serial entrepreneur who has been up, down, and sideways. "This is what makes me a good teacher, writer, and talker. I am a minor league entrepreneur who had some successes, but failures and so/so's too. The great coaches are like that, such as Bill Belichick and Phil Jackson. They can relate to the more average among us because we are too."

His ups included the Umbroller Stroller company sold to Graco and on to Rubbermaid/Newell; refocusing American Power Conversion (APCC) from solar inverters to UPS's for the growing PC business in the 80s and 90s; helping sell Peterson to Cosco, Cosco to an LBO, and Cosco to Doral; and Pride Retail Systems to Compaq and on to HP. He did not succeed with the PumpQuick no pressure fire extinguisher, CD Titles, or Simply Media. He did so/so with Apollo, General Sound, and Westboro, selling them to larger companies.

He wrote his first book, The Entrepreneur's Guide, published by Macmillan and Ballantine in mass market paperback, after selling his interests in the Umbroller Stroller company. Deaver said, "The biggest issue is one's temperament. The more you hire people the more you realize that temperament determines so much. Technical and can do skills are relatively easy to assess. It is the will do skills that are so hard. Temperament is key to 'will do.' He lists 8 core traits to assess in yourself in the book." Deaver, "My favorite letters and emails say, 'I wasted my money; I wasn't fit to be an entrepreneur.' I always write back, 'That is my intention--to save you from it if it doesn't suit. The thank you letters are wonderful.'"

Next he emphasizes the core 4 skills. Deaver, "Most books emphasize markets, financing, and such things. I emphasize the key 4: Sales, Making, Delivering; and getting Paid. Do those 4 right, and everything else is straightforward."

Lessons learned could fill a book--and do! One of his favorite projects was an HBS Case, now widely distributed along with an accompanying video, "Deaver Brown & Cross River." He co wrote this with Professor Amar Bhide at HBS, now at Columbia, on having 10 minutes to sell Kmart, the Walmart of its day, and Macy's. Deaver, "Most students say it is the best case of the year. They learn you either sell something or you don't. As I tell them, most of you won't be selling product or services, but be in the financial area. But think, 'Can this person go into the pit, as in this case, and close the deal. More importantly, can they be tossed out, and come back?'" Only former IBM salespeople closed Deaver when he was in the class acting as a buyer. They were cool, calm, collected, focused, and listened. They also gave the buyer what the buyer needed, not what the salesperson wanted.

Deaver Commented, "Amar asks for volunteers and often has a tough time getting them. When my cofounder at Umbroller, and old friend Alex Levitch came to class to observe, he said it best, 'If you don't want to volunteer, leave the class. If you don't want to pitch, you'll never make it. If you worry what others think, you'll never make it.' Perfect advice."

Deaver said he recommended students in their careers as investors recalling who could pitch or couldn't, and thinking about how a prospective candidate would do in that situation--based on his experience with his Harvard tutor, Neil Harris, later Chairman of the History Department at University of Chicago. "Neil would read my work out loud and lift an eyebrow at the appropriate moments. I always think about that eyebrow when reading my own work."

"Also, Neil was the poster boy for learning. He invited me to one of his lectures when he used my material to bolster his analysis. He winked at me when doing so. Neil was always learning, as we all should."

"Commencement is the beginning not the end of learning. I read 80 books per year which the Kindle makes so much easier and less expensive, not to speak of Amazon's that does so for audiobooks at iTunes and Amazon. We also have them at"

"Each work has other suggestions. No one has the final answer, except the not very smart. There is always more," says Deaver.

Picture: "I am the shorter guy standing up. An impromptu gathering of friends at the 40th Reunion at HBS, for lunch at Anthony's Pier 4. Read; have fun; share with friends. The picture says it all for me and I hope for you too."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Applewood Books has produced here a fascinating and useful companion to their uniform edition of The Constitution of the United States of America, which is also available in Spanish Constitucion de Los Estados Unidos. This little book explains briefly how the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution came to be.

A brief Introduction setting the stage is followed by the Preamble to the Bill of Rights and what we know today as the Bill of Rights, which were the last 10 out of the 12 proposed amendments passed by Congress at the time and sent out to the states to be ratified. Not included are the original first amendment, usually described as Article the First or the Congressional Apportionment Amendment, which was never ratified, and the original second amendment, or Article the Second, limiting the power of Congress to increase the salaries of its members, which lacked an expiration section and was finally ratified as the 27th (and last so far) Amendment over 200 years after being first passed by Congress!

By far the most interesting supporting document is primary author of the US Constitution James Madison's proposal of the Bill of Rights to Congress of June 8, 1789. In it he explained why he who had first believed no such bill of rights necessary had changed his mind and decided to submit them himself (basically because he believed that explicitly stating these rights in the Constitution could do no harm and because he believed doing so could finally win support for the Constitution from anti-Federalists who had been beaten but not yet bowed).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book May 18, 2013
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This and companion books, Constitution and Declaration of Independence are the next step up from pocket books. Twice the page size allows larger type for greater readability. Nice hard cover binding made me glad I bought the three piece set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars U.S. Bill of Rights August 12, 2013
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Overall, this is a really nice book due to the fact that it is both made to a very high quality and more importantly has a hard cover, instead of the paperback type that most of the other books of this nature have. As a result, I really enjoyed receiving this book mainly in part, because it is important to know how your country came to be, its history, and the documents that helped to establish our country as-a-whole especially when these documents contain our country's heart-and-soul per say. With that being said, this book is illustrated in a very detailed manner, which in-turn will allow both you and your family's future generations to enjoy the book along with its vital contents for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill of Rights July 27, 2013
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Every home needs to have this book in their collection. It is a must read for every man, woman and child
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product. June 18, 2013
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This is a nicely made little book. I am very pleased with the binding and print for this price point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LITTLE BOOK May 5, 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill of Rights December 31, 2012
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Every person in the USA should be required to read this along with the constitution. If you don't know history you are useless.
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