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This book is an outstandingly good read and well concieved by a talented and thoughtful historian.
If my reading is correct, the author seems to conclude that both sides of political opinion improperly use the same document to enforce their opinions.
This book would be perfect for any serious students of history, political science and philosophy, law and politics.
This is the first of the books Rakove has written linking the ideas in the Constitution to the beginnings of American politics and the contentions that fed its fire. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Frederick Cullison
I got this one on the strength of Rakove's C-span interview with Brian Lamb on Booknotes. Prof Rakove was witty, amusing and a great interview. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pkneeno
VERY poorly written and difficult to follow. It was so disorganized, that I don't know much more than I did before slogging through the book, and I have collage degree in history!Published 8 months ago by donalds
Somewhat of a difficult read but very informative. Bought as recommended reading for a course on Congress & the Constitution. Read morePublished 17 months ago by nbgal57
We need to protect our 2nd amendment rights. The framers wanted us to have our gun rights but the liberals are trying to take it away. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Little Domin
Read the other reviews if you want a more significant breakdown. I'll just say the work that went into this book is impressive (especially if you read the notes). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jim Meyers
Rakove, Jack. Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. xvi + 439 ppg. Read morePublished 23 months ago by gloine36