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The Washington Post…a masterful, readable book that constitutes one of the best, most creative treatments of the U.S. Constitution in decades…Amar is no stranger to this territory. His past writing credits include America's Constitution: A Biography, which illuminates the text of the nation's most revered document. Now he tackles a more daunting assignment: mapping out the unwritten aspects of our nation's fundamental charter—a task akin to catching the reflection of a mirror. Perhaps better than other any modern-day writer, though, he succeeds in showing how other, less conspicuous sources combine with the written text to hold the Constitution together like a woven fabric. A warning: The book is not for the faint-hearted. At 485 pages of text, it presupposes a keen interest in history, government, politics and law. Yet it is filled with thought-provoking material and fun vignettes, suitable for a wide audience.