Tim Harper is an attorney and professor of journalism at the School of Journalism, Columbia University. His work as appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Time, Glamour, Seventeen, New York Times, Newsday, Financial Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post, and Dallas Morning News. He is the author of over a dozen books and anthologies.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the U.S. Constitutionby Timothy Harper
One of the most revered, imitated, and controversial government documents in the world, the U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation for the American government and shapes the lives of Americans every day. But how many know its history and the impact it’s had on American laws and/b>/i>
The “living” document that changed the world.
One of the most revered, imitated, and controversial government documents in the world, the U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation for the American government and shapes the lives of Americans every day. But how many know its history and the impact it’s had on American laws and practices throughout history? This guide serves as the most current and accessible handbook to this all-important document.
Covers the document itself, as well as controversial interpretations and decisions
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Having read the book a number of times, I've come across a few historical distortions on the part of Mr. Harper. On page 5, he writes: "Public dissatisfaction with crown and cronies [referring to King John's actions before Magna Carta was forced upon him], particularly in the way courts came to be controlled by politicians, helped inspire the English Civil War- also called the Glorious Revolution- in 1688." Students of English history will acknowledge almost immediately that the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution of 1688 are two separate conflicts. The former took place between the years of 1642 (when Charles the 1st raised his standard at Oxford) and 1660 (when the monarchy was restored under charles the 2nd after Cromwell's reign as Lord Protector). The Civil War was fought between the parliamentary forces of Cromwell's New Model Army, who viewed King Charles as a tyrant and resented his power over the Anglican Church, and royalists loyal to the crown. The latter, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 was a bloodless coup in which James the 2nd, a Catholic, was deposed and William the 3rd and Mary the 2nd were brought in from the Netherlands, as England began their experiment with constitutional monarchy (this was the end of absolutism in England).