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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies; 2 edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880801441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880801447
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,090 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Take a minute to consider a gift that hasn’t gone out of style in more than 200 years." -- Wall Street Journal

"Who needs play-stations when you can give the kids Thomas Jefferson?" -- Independent (U.K.) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a great pocket size to keep handy for reference.
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It's great to know the genius of our founding fathers in creating the best country on earth.
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Our rights are under attack and knowing our constitution will keep US strong.
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130 of 134 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30, 2011
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I was looking for the cheapest Kindle version of the Constitution, and I think this is it. The only problem is that it doesn't include the Amendments or even the Bill of Rights. I'm sure you can get those separately, but wanted to make people aware that they aren't included in this download.

As a side-note, I strongly recommend anyone who is studying the Constitution to also read the Federalist Papers. Reading first hand what James Madison and the other Framer's had in mind when they wrote the Constitution is very enlightening, especially compared to what is taught in many of our schools.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey B. Klaus on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful By blackhat on February 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Just to correct the previous critiques.

The person on the cover of this book is George Washington, not Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson looked NOTHING like that! Nor did Madison, Adams or Hamilton! Note the characteristic set of the jaw....

As to the suggestion that the Amazon description implies that Jefferson composed the Constitution: as I understand the language, they are saying that when Jefferson was President - he caused (produced) copies of the Constitution to be made available, in something like this format.

This is fine little booklet at a great price. And while I like the looks and size of the classic little red CATO Institute book, this one is actually much easier to open and to read. It has better page margins and slightly larger type. And it's also slightly thinner for slipping into a pocket.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Blazerilla on March 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Far be it from me, a college political science instructor, to give only two stars to the greatest charter of government ever written, but since when are the amendments not considered part of the Constitution? Not only are they a part, they are the BEST part, and to exclude them from any published version of the document is akin to only printing the part of the Declaration of Independence that enumerates King George's shortcomings and skipping the eloquent expression of our universal rights. I just may have to delete this and pay the $0.99 for the WHOLE constitution.
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171 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Kendal B. Hunter on February 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By ARthur on December 24, 2011
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The free version only includes the original Constitution. If you want the ammendments you will need to purchase the $.99 "upgrade" with includes both the Constitution and its Ammedments.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. Tobkes on March 8, 2006
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. Berry VINE VOICE on June 2, 2010
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The only knock that I have is that it's not really "pocket sized" in that it is 6.3 inches high. Granted, that could probably fit ok in the inside pocket on a sports coat or something, but as far as going in a dress shirt pocket, the one published by the Cato Institute The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of Americais much better.

But again, for $1.50 it's a value you can't beat. I should probably buy a copy to mail to my Congressmen since they have all apparently lost track of their own version.
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