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The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America Paperback – October 23, 2010

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To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket edition of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. With more than three million copies in print, this edition’s influence has been observed far and wide. It has been held up by senators at press conferences and by representatives during floor debate; found in federal judicial chambers across the country; appeared at conferences on constitutionalism in Russia, Iraq, and elsewhere; and sold at U.S. Park Service stores, Restoration Hardware, and book stores around the country. It’s a perfect gift for friends and family. Order your copies today! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (October 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936594102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936594108
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (772 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With all due respect to some of the other reviewers, this book doesn't claim to give "insight" into the Constitution. Rather, it's the Constitution itself, bundled into a nice little hard-cover book. For what it does (and what it claims to do), this book deserves 5 stars - after all, the writing is excellent and I agree with everything in it. :)

I keep one on my desk at work. The Constitution is so important that I want to make it available to everyone. It's small in size, so it doesn't take up unnecessary room. This little book should be required reading in our nation's gradeschools.
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I have always been looking for a reference copy of the U.S. Consitution to carry with me. For me this volume is that reference. This volume is compact, well laid out, and contains no unwanted extraneous materials.
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These founding documents are like the Bible . . .often quoted, seldom read. In fact it is worse, since they are seldom read, when people quote-unquote "quote" them, they are actually spouting nonsense, as opposed to the political wisdom of the ages.
It is... imperative, therefore, that we should become familiar with these two philosophical pillars of political freedom. This book puts these heavenly banners and glorious standards into your hand-the truth is at your fingertips--to check up on the politicians. If they do anything crooked, keep in mind that it is our fault for not being aware and active in stopping them.
Don't be intimidated by the language. There is an old saying that Plato is easier to understand the Platonists. The original documents are easier to understand than the snake twisting that many lawyers and fanatics put to the documents. You asre smart enough to decide for yourself.
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The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States is a great pocket reference source. I would recommend looking into "The Heritage Guide to the Constitution" as a partner to this book. "The Dec of Ind and the Con of the US" offers up no explaination of the Articles or of the Bill of Rights and Ammendments. This is why I would also recommend getting the Heritage Guide for a great explaination of everything. This pocket sized guide book is a great reference source for those of you who like to argue the Constitution around the dinner table. Just whip this little book out and you'll have the complete version of our Fore Fathers documents that created this great country right at your fingertips.
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This is a very useful collection of the founding documents which includes the: Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and Constitution. Best of all, the e-book version is well hyperlinked from a proper table of contents to: each of the Articles, Sections and the Amendments of the Constitution; there is a single link to the Declaration of Independence and links to each of the articles of the Articles of Confederation. There is an appendix that lists the order of Ratification for the first 13 states and the date of admission to the Union for the following 37. Lookup is especially easy and quick when searching the documents in e-book format (though having three documents in one book can cause a word or phrase search to take you to unintended documents.)

A couple of negatives: 1) the publisher uses a very large font for the titles, thereby forcing the kindle to be adjusted for the body text and being overwhelmed by the title, or setting the titles to an appropriate size and squinting at the body text, 2) each section is treated so separately that it gets a page break at its end, thereby stifling the flow of the document. Still - these are small points and relate to presentation, not content. There are free versions for the kindle, but the inclusion of the table of contents and the hyperlinks makes the small price paid a very good value. e-Book publication quality, ★★★★☆
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Format: Hardcover
this book is perfect for someone who wants a copy of the document that shaped a nation. This book is perfect for a spot in a personal library or reference use in a Constituional Law class. It does not offer additional information, but gives you a beautiful copy of the document.
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It will take you less than an hour of even very careful reading to go through this entire book -- no commentary, no footnotes, no "constructions." This is the real thing. It sits right on my desk in the office, speaking volumes by its mere presence. Whenever one hears or reads some "pundit" (God, aren't there just way too many of them?)opining about somebody's (or some group's, more likely) CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, it is instructive to see whether a source for such "rights" can be found in the document itself. It won't surprise most that such a search is rarely fruitful. But in any event, this should be a must (re-)read for all Americans. Besides, it is very well written ...
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Very well organized book. Active table of contents has links to all articles and amendments. The book also has historical information and interpretation of each article.
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