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Constitutional Brinksmanship: Amending the Constitution by National Convention Hardcover – December 8, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0195055733 ISBN-10: 019505573X

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 8, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019505573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195055733
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this book, Russell Caplan has provided the first modern scholarly volume on the national constitutional convention contemplated in article V. It is an extremely useful addition to the literature of constitutional change."--Constitutional Commentary

"An invaluable, informative volume on a troubling, increasingly important question....Notes, bibliography, and index are an excellent apparatus in this stimulating volume. Highly recommended for all levels."--Choice

"[H]is very readable style makes his careful research accessible to a broad academic audience."--Millennium

"Thoroughly researched, lucid, engagingly written. Caplan has an amazing grasp of both the historical antecedents of Article V and the current political realities of the convention resolution battle. It is 'must' reading for those who have been lured into the 'runaway convention' trap."--Lewis K. Uhler, President, The National Tax-Limitation Committee

"An excellent and timely book. The author raises the key considerations that would inform future debates over calls for a constitutional convention. This makes a significant contribution to public law as studied by political scientists, historians, and law school professors. Highly readable and accessible to students and scholars."--David O'Brien, University of Virginia

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Russell L. Caplan is at US Department of Justice.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Hooper on March 22, 2010
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I am the author of the Next American Revolution: How to Demand Congressional Reform Now. Indispensable to any study of Article V conventions, Caplan's book begins with a brief history of conventions in America. It ends with a discussion of the value of the uncertainty about conventions and how that uncertainty impacts state/federal relationships. In between he discusses the relationship of conventions to other branches of government, the processes of calling a convention, and many other nice nuggets of information. All the while he folds in a discussion of the Founding Fathers' 1787 convention and the political forces guiding the original and any possible modern convention. I'm very pleased to cite him as a reference in my book, because no discussion about Article V could lead Caplan's book out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don L. Fotheringham on December 24, 2012
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I have given this book a Four Star rating because the author, Russell L. Caplan, has done an excellent job of researching a rather obscure subject: the implications of calling a new federal convention for making constitutional amendments. The fact that such a conclave has not assembled since 1787, left the author entirely in the theoretical realm respecting what might occur if a convention were to be called in 1988 (the time of the book's publication).
His work was timely because culminating in 1988, 32 state legislatures had applied to Congress to call a convention pursuant to the second method of amendment provided under Article V of the Constitution. This was only two states short of the 34 (two-thirds) required to trigger a convention.
Since much has happened since the book was published, and the promoters of the convention failed to get two more states to join with them, it's no longer a "brinksmanship" issue. Nevertheless a con con movement (as it is called) is likely to arise again, and needs a better informed and more alert public to deal with it.
What then is the value of a 24 year-old book on a non-current issue? 1) there is hardly any thorough research on the history of U.S. convention movements and Caplan's work has filled that gap as a valuable historic reference. 2) there was almost no public knowledge regarding this movement (1974 to 1988), an event that could have resulted in irreparable damage to our Constitution. There needs to be greater public awareness of games (Constituional Brinksmanship) that are foolishly played with the foundation of the American repubulic.
Why not a Five Star rating? Because Mr. Caplan was not very realistic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary R. Porter on February 26, 2014
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Unbiased and complete. If you want to understand the historical background to Article V conventions, there is no bette book I've found.
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Excellent. Would recommend, regardless of what side of the convention argument one falls on. I'm personally against amending by convention Good resource.
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