- Hardcover: 491 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc.; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (November 7, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159698001X
- ISBN-13: 978-1596980013
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap
"The Constitution," pledged George Washington, "is the guide which I will never abandon." Can we say the same today?
With the leadership of former Attorney General Edwin Meese, and in conjunction with the nation’s preeminent think tankThe Heritage FoundationThe Heritage Guide to the Constitution brings together more than one hundred of the nation’s best legal experts to provide the first ever line-by-line examination of the of the complete Constitution and its contemporary meaning.
Stressing the original intent of the Framers as the authoritative standard of constitutional interpretation, and never straying from the Constitution and the definitive writings of the Framersespecially the invaluable notes taken at the Constitutional Convention by James Madison, the widely recognized analysis in The Federalist Papers, and Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story’s 1833 classic Commentaries on the Constitution of the United Statesthis volume is unique, comprehensive, and authoritative.
Edited by David Forte and Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution is written not only to provide lawmakers and trained jurists with a reliable reference, but also to be explanatory, educational, and accessible to informed citizens and all students of the Constitution.
No document is more central or more important to securing "the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" than the United States Constitution, and no guide to the Constitution is more thorough, more enlightening, or more useful than The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.
About the Author
Edwin Meese III served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States under President Reagan. The Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board, he is a distinguished legal expert and holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation.
Executive Editor Dr. Matthew Spalding is an expert in and teaches constitutional history, is an Adjunct Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and is the Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at the Heritage Foundation.
Senior Editor Dr. David F. Forte is a widely published legal scholar, a former Chief Counsel to the United States Delegation to the United Nations, and the Charles R. Emrick, Jr.Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law at Cleveland State University.
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If you are a left-winger, you will not like this book. If you are a strict constitutionalist, you will get something from it, but will probably not love it to death. If you are a fan of the politics of people like George W. Bush and his administration, you'll probably like the book a lot. But regardless of your own philosophy, this book is worth having in your library.
The book was written to provide only a brief overview of each clause of the Constitution - supposedly representing the viewpoints of the original Founders. It is an ambitious effort. Though the Constitution is a relatively short document, addressing each point in it, even briefly, is a huge task - which is why this 475 page hardcover book is so big. It looks and feels like a dry college textbook with few photos... not the kind of light reading that one would engage in just for the fun of it. This is a resource book.
The main criticism I have is how the book purports to represent the mind and intent of the Founders. I don't believe that it does. The book is strongly federalist, whereas a good number of the Founders were anti-federalists (I consider myself anti-federalist as well). If any single Founding Father could be credited with this book, I would probably ascribe it to Alexander Hamilton. If you know your Founding Fathers, you'll understand what I mean.
But I'm glad I have the book and I'm sure I'll turn to it frequently. Only an ignorant person shields himself from the "dangers" of contrary opinions. There is much to be gained by considering a wide range of opinions and interpretations regarding the US Constitution.
Let the naysayers and modern critics bray about the inconsistencies of American society compared to the idealism put forth in our founding documents all they want. When they are done ranting ask them to show you living proof of any other system that has provided such amazing results of prosperity for this great a number of people, causing lines to form at embassies around the world for the mere chance of visiting the country.
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution gives clues to why our Constitution worked so well in its original context and why, as America increasingly abandons the principles it set forth, we are beginning to falter at an alarming rate. Stealing the future of prosperity from our children, we are increasingly sacrificing the well being of our nation's future on the alter of ease and comfort in our own time.
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution points out how our founding fathers took a much more noble approach, sacrificing their fortunes and lives while producing a Constitutional system form of government that would make all our lives better.
It exceeded my expectations both in the clarity of writing and in its references. For example, following the write-up on each clause the authors cross-reference related clauses and Amendments, as well as numerous relavant writings, and then provide a list of significant cases based on the particular clause. Following the text there is a Table of Cases in which page references are listed for all the major cases based in the Constitution. I've had The Heritage Guide several years; after reading it a couple times I still use it as a reference work.
I am neither a "lawmaker," a "policy-maker" nor a "trained jurist" for whom, according to the Preface, the Heritage Guide was written. Still, it has been most helpful in my effort to better understand our Constitution.