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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.)

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Founding Fathers of the United States (also known as the Framers, Fathers of Our Country, or the Founders) are the political leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution, or otherwise participated in the American Revolution as leaders of the Patriots.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies; Second Edition, 2015 Printing edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880801441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880801447
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (507 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I WAS TOLD THIS WOULD STOP BULLETS AND HERE I AM IN THE SNOW IN OREGON. 5 STARS FOR THE BLUE TARP, THOUGH.
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As others have noted, this is not merely a pocket Constitution. It includes the insane ramblings of W. Cleon Skousen. He is in no way an expert in Constitutional law or American history. He was an end times Mormon conspiracy crank who merely inserts his personal delusions alongside. This has led to many people who are too lazy to read the Constitution themselves and learn the history, to take his personal beliefs as fact. It has led to a great many people thinking they can take over government property, and even more stupid people supporting them.
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This is published by The National Center for Constitutional Studies, a conservative, religious-themed constitutionalist organization, founded by Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) political writer W. Cleon Skousen, a former professor at Brigham Young University.
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I was loathe to give the LDS a dollar for this thing, but I wanted to read the bundy bible for myself with all of skousen's brain droppings in it, and I couldn't find anywhere to DL and PDF or any drunk or high militia man to steal one from. The most painful dollar I have ever let go of.

EDITED: I have received this booklet now and I have scoured it from cover to cover. THERE IS NO CONTENT OR COMMENT BY SKOUSEN IN IT. Not a word. There are a few presidential quotes that are questionable in how they are presented. But the transcript of the documents are perfectly fine. There has to be some other version printed that has the Skousen content, this one sure doesn't have it.

It still pained me to give a buck to this org.
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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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If they would have only taken the text of the US Constitution and printed it, this would be a great 5-star book. They included the Declaration of Independence, and an index, and that's fine too.

But then they pick and choose a number of religious quotes and insert them into the introduction and other pages of the book. Why? How ironic is it with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that they would do this?

I ordered 72 of these to give to people at a party that celebrates the separation of church and state. Had I known that it was full of quotes from Washington and Daniel Webster (?) about God, I would have found another product.

I'm shipping these back and looking for an alternative that holds to the secular nature of our country.
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It does not stop bullets.
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This is the type of Product that is usually rated based upon the quality of the Book itself rather than its contents, because the Contents, whether you agree with them or not, are a part of Cultural Heritage and History. It makes little sense to rate the Constitution itself, for most Americans would gladly give it Five Stars, all based upon Romantic Notions and Sentimentality. This document above all else defines what it means to be an American, and is thus awarded a sort of reverence few other Texts can rival. On this alone it will be Rated highly. Others who dislike it strongly enough to give it One Star will usually have equally Political or Cultural Motives behind such a Review.

It doesn't matter, though, as this is a Historical and Cultural Document, and is still the Supreme Law of the United States of America as a Federal Union, so Irrespective of how you feel about the Document, its important and should be read, especially if you are an American.

So I'll review the actual Physical Book instead.

It has a thin, lightweight paper cover, which is both advantageous to it and a Drawback. It makes it light weight and easy to open, but isn't Durable and would bend easily in a pocket, or over repeated use. The book itself is just Stapled together, but as its mainly a sort of Pamphlet this is not a Criticism. Still, this Pocket Constitution will not stand up to vigorous Wear and tear but is Easy to Read. The Picture on the Front showing (I may be wrong) George Washington is also lively.

The paper itself, though, it firm and sturdy, and a nice resin to make it Endure. The Print Quality is also sharp and well defined, making it easy to read, though the Font Size is smaller than usual to forewarn.
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