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The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution (Stonesong…

by Linda R. Monk

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Monk takes the Constitution of the United States, including its amendments, and dissects it line by line, explaining the historical significance and the modern significance of the wording. She does so in layman’s terms, with amusing quotes in the margin, case studies in shaded boxes, and photos and illustrations. It is easy to read, and easily accessible.

Beyond the appealing format of this book, however, is the content. Reading the constitution with Monk’s gloss helped me to comprehend just why the U.S. Constitution has withstood more than 200 years and a Civil War: the constitution is a document that adapts to the changing times, both through the process of amendment and through the significant process of judicial interpretation of legislation.

Certainly, The Words We Live By is not comprehensive. But what it lacks in expanse it makes up in readability and interest, at least to me. I seriously enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in understanding U.S. rights and government.

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1 vote rebeccareid | Aug 12, 2009 |
what's more relevant to our lives as Americans than the Constitution? well done and informative book. ( )
  beau.p.laurence | Jul 23, 2006 |
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For my beloved husband, Stephen, with whom all things are possible.
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The Constitution that the framers signed in 1787 was the beginning of an experiment in liberty.
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he United States Constitution is the basis for our most fundamental rights as Americans, and is a key element in nearly every major legal and political debate ever argued. But how many of us actually understand the language used by our Founding Fathers Now Linda R. Monk, an award-winning author and journalist, takes us through the Constitution, line by line, to help us comprehend this amazing document. From the Preamble, which she analyzes with inspiration from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Charlton Heston, and James Madison, to each and every amendment, Monk offers insight, legal expertise, surprising facts and trivia, opposing interpretations, and historical anecdotes to breathe life into this provocative and hallowed document.

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The United States Constitution is the basis for our most fundamental rights as Americans and has been a key element in nearly every major legal and political debate ever argued. But how many of us actually understand the language used by our Founding Fathers? Now Linda R. Monk, an award-winning author and journalist, takes us through the Constitution, line by line, to help us comprehend this amazing document and to see the variety of ways in which it has been interpreted. From the Preamble -- which she analyzes with inspiration and opposing opinions from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Charlton Heston, and James Madison -- through each and every amendment, Monk enlightens us by offering insight, legal expertise, surprising facts and little-known information, alternate interpretations, and historical anecdotes to breathe meaning into this provocative and hallowed document.… (more)

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