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Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America Hardcover – Deckle Edge


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1ST edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400069351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400069354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I would rather read a constitution written by Kevin Bleyer than by the sharpest minds in the country.”—Jon Stewart
 
“Bleyer takes a red pencil to democracy’s most hallowed laundry list. . . . Uproarious and fascinating.”Reader’s Digest
 
“I knew James Madison. James Madison was a friend of mine. Mr. Bleyer, you are no James Madison. But you sure are a heck of a lot more fun.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Team of Rivals

“Irresistible . . . an extraordinarily entertaining, enlightening and sometimes even wise combination of eye-opening scholarship about American constitutional history and rambunctious comedy.”The Buffalo News

“The Constitution has served us well for centuries. Thanks to Kevin Bleyer, those days are over.”—Stephen Colbert
 
“Sharp and intensely witty . . . an endlessly enjoyable . . . experience.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Two centuries from now, the finest robot documentarians from around the world will climb over one another to make the definitive film on the genesis of Kevin Bleyer’s brilliant constitution. Which makes me glad I’m alive today.”—Ken Burns, human director of The Civil War, The Congress, and Prohibition
 
“As far as I know, Kevin Bleyer is an American citizen. So why shouldn’t he rewrite the Constitution? What do we want? A government controlled by elite, well educated wig-wearers who we all have to bow down to just because they are dead? So I say we give Bleyer a shot.”—John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author and expert on all world knowledge
 
“In Me the People, Kevin Bleyer makes a number of good points. And an even larger number of terrible ones. For the safety of the republic, we should all read this, to know what we’re up against if a guy like Bleyer ever finds himself in a position of real influence.”—Dave Eggers

About the Author

Emmy Award winner Kevin Bleyer is an Emmy Award–winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, for which he has won multiple Emmy Awards. Before rewriting the Constitution, Bleyer co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller Earth: The Book, and negotiated bipartisan consensus as a writer and producer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. And he is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, so he secretly runs the government already. He lives in New York, where he regularly poses for portraits.

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This book is very well researched and it makes history a bit more fun to read.
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If you or anyone you know enjoys the humor and fun of The Daily Show or the Colbert Report, you (or they) are going to love this book.
Jeff Kimble
Kevin Bleyer's book Me the People is a book that pretends to be one thing and turns out to be something better.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Kimble VINE VOICE on May 5, 2012
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I'll be frank. I thought this book was going to be a goofy comedy book loosely correlating history and going heavy on the humor. I was more than thrilled to start turning the pages and find out that "Me the People" is nothing of the sort.

This book is hard to describe. You can see (or, I guess, read) the Colbert Report roots showing through in the witty humor and quick political jabs on almost every page. But the book does not adopt the Colbert Report's ironic, hyper-political stance as one might expect from one of its writers. It does call out modern-day politics on both sides, but its humor does not heavily rely on its adoption like it does on the Colbert Report (and Daily Show). [*edit* -- I've been corrected and told that Bleyer writes for the Daily Show (not Colbert Report). But I did not want to remove the last paragraph because it carries an important point in my mind. So just know that I mixed up the two shows 'cause I'm cool like that.]

Instead, Bleyer takes you on a journey of ACTUALLY rewriting the Constitution through historical lessons and shenanigans. As one might suspect, Bleyer digs in at the beginning -- resetting the stage with a new Preamble -- by giving you a strong historical background on what happened (or didn't) during the actual authoring of the real Constitution. Then the story is off to Greece to learn about true democracy and so on and so forth. Every step of the way is, 1) here's what we have, 2) here's why we have it, 3) here's how I'm changing it. Cue light-hearted hilarity.

Bear in mind, though, this is not some dry, academic history book. If someone handed me a 300-something-page history book on the Constitution and told me to read it, I would probably stick a fork in my eye just to get out of it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Veil_Lord VINE VOICE on May 20, 2012
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Whether you'll like the book or not can be pretty much summed up in one sentence review. "If you like the Daily Show, then you're going to like this book." I'll get into a little more detail, but in reality the sentence will be true for probably 95% or more readers. I enjoyed the pre-release copy I received.

I'm a big fan of incongruous comedy. I like things that look to be going in a certain direction, but then suddenly go off in a completely arbitrary and unusual other one; it's sleight-of-hand like a magic trick. The author does a very good job of being the humble/pompous self-proclaimed savior of the country out to produce a better constitution for new age. He starts off with the excellent history of the founding fathers and the actual birth of the Constitution, which if you filter out the jokes is probably better than most of us learned in our schooling; he points out quite well that the founding fathers were not the supermen that they've been made out to be, they had human faults, even if they did craft some extraordinary documents. The only minor annoyance was since it was learning/comedy it was sometimes hard to figure out when I was learning something or if he was just making a joke.

It runs over 300 pages, but I could easily picture most of the book being done in several segments on The Daily Show by one of their correspondents. The book reads almost like a script from the show, which is understandable as the author has written for it. You can almost picture some of the videos that go along with the text as the author is voicing over the segment. There are also a couple of interesting interviews including one with Antonin Scalia (apparently real) that's quite fascinating.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mark VINE VOICE on May 7, 2012
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A work of VISIONARY GENIUS that is destined to become a NY Times bestseller. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail regarding Kevin Bleyer's ME THE PEOPLE. I can't possibly do this book justice. Hands down the funniest US History book I have ever read* In fact, it was banned from bedtime reading because it kept me laughing and my wife awake... Thanks A LOT KEVIN. Got me in trouble! Actually, this is THE funniest book I've ever read - and I'm reasonably well-read. There were points Bleyer had me in tears I laughed so hard. My wife is British and I've recommended she read ME THE PEOPLE when she finally (after 35 years, I mean really? you want to be THAT careful before renouncing loyalty to all foreign allegiances?) gets around to studying for the big US citizenship test.

Bleyer's lunch with US Supreme Court justice Atonin Scalia is side-splitting#. Who would have thought that man is actually funny? Kevin gives you concise history of the writing of the United States Constitution$ as he re-writes it. Kevin Bleyer takes you inside the "sweat lodge" that was Independence Hall during the summer of 1789. You learn about our 1st almost-a-zombie President % (true story). I learned a lot and I laughed my backside off all the way through. Buy buy buy!

* This is the only US History book I have read willingly.
# I didn't actually split my sides, that would be gross, eww[...]
$ Alleged United States Constitution. I mean, really. How can we be sure the document Kevin worked from is the real deal? It could have been stolen by Nicholas Cage.
% Look for a throw-back episode of The Walking Dead and see how the plague got started.
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