- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Random House (May 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400069351
- ISBN-13: 978-1400069354
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 29, 2012
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“Bleyer takes a red pencil to democracy’s most hallowed laundry list. . . . Uproarious and fascinating.”—Reader’s Digest
“I knew James Madison. James Madison was a friend of mine. Mr. Bleyer, you are no James Madison. But you sure are a heck of a lot more fun.”—Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Team of Rivals
“Irresistible . . . an extraordinarily entertaining, enlightening and sometimes even wise combination of eye-opening scholarship about American constitutional history and rambunctious comedy.”—The Buffalo News
“The Constitution has served us well for centuries. Thanks to Kevin Bleyer, those days are over.”—Stephen Colbert
“Sharp and intensely witty . . . an endlessly enjoyable . . . experience.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Two centuries from now, the finest robot documentarians from around the world will climb over one another to make the definitive film on the genesis of Kevin Bleyer’s brilliant constitution. Which makes me glad I’m alive today.”—Ken Burns, human director of The Civil War, The Congress, and Prohibition
“As far as I know, Kevin Bleyer is an American citizen. So why shouldn’t he rewrite the Constitution? What do we want? A government controlled by elite, well educated wig-wearers who we all have to bow down to just because they are dead? So I say we give Bleyer a shot.”—John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author and expert on all world knowledge
“In Me the People, Kevin Bleyer makes a number of good points. And an even larger number of terrible ones. For the safety of the republic, we should all read this, to know what we’re up against if a guy like Bleyer ever finds himself in a position of real influence.”—Dave Eggers
About the Author
Emmy Award winner Kevin Bleyer is an Emmy Award–winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, for which he has won multiple Emmy Awards. Before rewriting the Constitution, Bleyer co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller Earth: The Book, and negotiated bipartisan consensus as a writer and producer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. And he is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, so he secretly runs the government already. He lives in New York, where he regularly poses for portraits.
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Bleyer almost convinces me that he wants to be a real historian. His research is nearly complete, and where he skips out on necessary follow through he provides a sufficiently long and incorrectly cited footnote to fully disclose this fact.
Bleyer speaks with the movers and shakers in Constitutional politics, including Justice Antonin Scalia and several archivists in buildings that house replicas of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. He never gets his hands on the actual parchment himself, unlike Nicholas Cage, which is probably a good thing.
As someone who not only enjoys real scholarship on this stuff and teaches it, I'm going to give Kevin Bleyer's "Me the People" an A+ for effort, content and entertainment. I think the American people have something to learn from Bleyer here--the Founding Fathers were real people in a chaotic time doing their best to write a document that even they were not sure would work. Bleyer writes no hagiography here--he gives an honest assessment of what it might have been like to be in the room with some of the people American textbooks worship most. He deconstructs them individually, and then adds them back to the mix as a whole.
Bleyer kept me laughing the entire time. Although I'm not sure he will convince the nation to convene a constitutional convention any time soon, his message underscores the seriousness of the Constitution in the development of the nation, and offers some insight into politics today.