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on June 5, 2016
This is a good book to have as a resource when studying the US Constitution. For sure, the book was written with a certain philosophical "flavor". The people that put it together would classify it as "libertarian". However, in skimming through it and reading a little bit here and there I can definitely see neoconservative philosophy as well. In fact, I would say that the over-arching perspective of the writing is neoconservative in nature.

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.
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on April 25, 2016
Unexpectedly has a signature and devotion from Ed Meese to a collaborator on the book. Superb quality. Indispensable research tool but also well written. Easy to read yet academically sound.
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on March 8, 2016
Too legalese.
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on March 8, 2016
I love it.
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on March 5, 2016
Must read for anyone who wants to understand the original intent of the Constitution as related to the Federalist Papers and SCOTUS decisions
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on January 26, 2016
good
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on November 30, 2015
Good explanation of the Constitution.
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on November 26, 2015
Outstanding ease for anyone to understand every one should read this!
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on November 20, 2015
Great resource book on the original intent of the US Constitution. Takes each article and explains the original meaning from our founding fathers.
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on October 7, 2015
Very well written cometary on Constitution. Explains in easy to understand terms. Edwin Meese did a lot of research for this book and I would recommend to anyone who want to know more about our Constitution .
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