- Paperback: 94 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440496005
- ISBN-13: 978-1440496004
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,934 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,916,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Constitution of the United States of America, with the Bill of Rights and all of the Amendments; The Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation
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Whilst the last members were signing [the Constitution], Doctor FRANKLIN, looking towards the President's chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art, a rising, from a setting, sun. I have, said he, often and often, in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President, without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now at length, I have the happiness to know, that it is a rising, and not a setting sun. --Benjamin Franklin (1787)
The free system of government we have established is so congenial with reason, with common sense, and with a universal feeling, that it must produce approbation and a desire of imitation, as avenues may be found for truth to the knowledge of nations. --James Madison (1826)
If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. --George Washington (1796) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in Americas 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 editions 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. Its 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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Top Customer Reviews
This version is well worth buying and reading, and reading again. In addition to the text of the original documents, it offers excellent historical context including a discussion of how the various articles and amendments have been interpreted by courts (not ideologues) through the years. It's a very valuable resource.
UPDATE: In a comment to this review, RedRocks explains that if you try to order the paperback version of this Penguin guide, you'll actually get the Skousen/LDS version instead. (My brother confirmed this.) Kindle orders get the correct Penguin version. Amazon needs to correct this - RedRocks has complained about it before but Amazon has done nothing.
For a buck.
Pretty Nice, indeed!
To those customers who reported their copies had a preface or commentary suggesting how we interpret this document: This edition has neither commentary nor suggested interpretations - just the declaration that it was "... proofed word for word against the original ...".
FYI, the ISBN for this publication is is 978-0-88080-144-7.
I am buying more copies as gifts for children & grandchildren.
In our recent political climate I have found conservatives(for the most part) quoting from the constitution, in ways that clearly show they have never read the document. When you are blending together parts of the Constitution, some of the the Declaration of Independence, parts of the pledge of allegeince, fragments of the National Anthem and the lord's prayer to make up the text of the Constitution....you need this. Wishing the text to be so, does not make it so.
I keep two or three of these on my person just to give away to folks who make this document up as they go....and STILL want to argue with me.
It takes a lot more time (and a lot of hard work) to make your way through The Federalist Papers (and the Anti-Federalist Papers as well), but I believe that these too should be studied by Americans, to truly understand the thoughts of the framers of the Constitution, as defined by some of the greatest minds of the 1780's,
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is that, for a simple printout of these documents that includes only about 70 pages of print, I think the price is a bit high.
- Pages are not slick, so they are great for tiny hands (as a side note, my friend whom I gave this to also agrees)
- The font is very easy to read which is great when your toupee' hairs are between your eyes and the book (as a side note, my friend whom I gave this to also agrees)
- I found none. but the person who I gifted this too seemed upset that there were no pictures or that the book could not be summed up by a 200 character tweet, but who am I to judge, right? .