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I am 91 years old and have read the Bill of Rights several times over the years but this book brought me face to face with the who, what, why, when, how and of the Bill of Rights. The background that led our Founding Fathers to create this document is very enlightening and should be fully understood by all Americans. Yes, maybe this should become a textbook for our public schools
I am ashamed to admit I didn't know the the bill of rights until I came across this book. To now know not only the content of the Bill but the history and all of the study and deliberation involved is absolutely amazing. I am an avid reader of any printed word but I have never been so engrossed in any book! I have recommended it to all my friends. Any American citizen or anyone on the citizenship path should obtain a copy!!
Far too many citizens of the United States of America have forgotten, ignored, disregarded, dismissed the first ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, commonly known as the Bill of Rights. Why are these rights different that the rest that follow the first ten; it is because the founders believed that these right were "unalienable" (or our present day word of "inalienable")which means rights that are "unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor". They meant these right were ours by birth, by life and no one, including our own government can take them away and neither are we able to give them away. I refer you to the words of President John F. Kennedy in his Inaugural Address "And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." Ask yourself this question. "Am I willing to give up these rights?" Free speech? Worship (or not worship)? Free Press? Assembly? Speedy trial? Protection from unreasonable search and seizure? And much more. Read them, learn them and treasure them. Be very, very careful how you vote in the future. These rights and our nation depends on that.
Great history on each amendment and the intent when they were written. Helped me to understand the what and whys of knowing the law. Also, to know that the intent in many cases was not what we have made them now.
I learned a lot reading this. What did I like best? The clear, concise, objective way the author explained each Article. Putting everything in historical context, analysing the ORIGINAL intent. I thought I knew the Bill of Rights. My mind was clouded with political propaganda & distortions. Read the facts for yourself & then formulate your own opinions. Tnis should be required reading for every United States citizen.
Great book. It gets to the point and provides a lot of historical background. The author tries to take an objective standpoint on the issue and does a pretty job at maintaining this objectivity. The book is a lot shorter than the page number indicates. This is because there is a fairly comprehensive glossary, with hundreds of definitions, at the end that covers all of the terms in the book as well as many other important people, things, and terminology that arises in standard legal history and practices. Reading through the glossary is like another book in itself and provides a great foundation. I would have given the book 4 stars had it not been for that glossary.