The People's Guide To The United States Constitution, Revised Edition

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Now you can fully comprehend the meaning of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Nearly anyone can read this easy-to-understand annotated version of America's founding documents. Every difficult word or phrase is followed by a simple definition; every complex concept or clause is fully explained. In The People's Guide to the United States Constitution: Everything You Need to Know in One Easy Read the reader is also shown why the Constitution was written and how it continues to affect the lives ...
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Now you can fully comprehend the meaning of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Nearly anyone can read this easy-to-understand annotated version of America's founding documents. Every difficult word or phrase is followed by a simple definition; every complex concept or clause is fully explained. In The People's Guide to the United States Constitution: Everything You Need to Know in One Easy Read the reader is also shown why the Constitution was written and how it continues to affect the lives of Americans today. There is a brief history of the events leading up to our separation from Great Britain, the text of the Declaration of Independence (with appropriate explanations), and a short history of the Constitution with a brief summary of it. Also included are summaries of various landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court that have shaped our interpretation of the document.
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Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
In a direct and engaging introduction, Kluge explains his motivation for writing this guide. The book consists of the basic rules of people desiring freedom and the guarantee to protect their rights and responsibilities. Kluge refers to the Constitution as the rules of the game. He wants readers to understand how to interpret their rights and how to exercise them. Using very brief chapters, Kluge interprets the key phrases, ideas and events which were the stimulus for the development of this great document. A timeline adds to readers' comprehension. Different type settings separate the actual document wording from definitions provided, for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and its amendments. The book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn about the value Americans place on freedom and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Ideas and historical events leading to the publication of the Constitution are described, and a summary of the amendments is provided. The last section of the book is devoted to "Applying the Constitution." The work of the Supreme Court is explained, as well as how amendments are added to the Constitution. Several Supreme Court cases are used as examples. Kluge is the former Vice President of Legal Affairs for an international software company, an author, and a speaker. He invites readers to share the knowledge gleaned from this book with others. His clear and lively writing style is easy to read, and the book an excellent reference in the classroom and at home. An appendix, a glossary, a bibliography and an index are also included. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983215202
  • Publisher: American Handbook Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/23/2011
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Kluge's "citizen self-education" in the Constitution began while the Director of Legal Affairs for a leading software company. Later, as the Director of Corporate Training and Education, he brought his experiences together on a book making the Constitution easily accessible to all. Dave lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he is writing a book on economics.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Makes the Constitution Easy

    Glad to see this book now in e-book format. I've got the paperback version and have used it frequently as a reference after the first read through. I'm getting the e-book so I can have it handy.

    This book is a unique and sorely needed approach to reading and understanding the Constitution and Declaration. The words are defined for you as you read through the text of the original document, which handles why a lot of people probably give up on reading it, or consider it a chore.

    Plus there's a great glossary, and other chapters that give some easily-understood background to the Declaration and Constitution that are excellent. This book makes the founding documents easy to understand, and the background info just as easy and quite interesting.

    This is indeed the "People's Guide" because it's written for everyone, whether you're a middle school student, a history major, or the neighborhood plumber. Any time anyone tells me they didn't quite understand the Constitution or had trouble with it, I refer them to this book. It's perfect not just for the average adult, but also for helping teens learning about the Founding Documents, in school or out of school. (It should probably be required reading for all of Congress also.)

    What is most useful about it is that it's laid out with words and phrases defined for you as you go, usually using the definitions from the best dictionary closest to the time the documents were written - Webster's 1828 dictionary. And the simplest, clearest definitions are used, allowing you to just get the understanding and continue reading.

    I can't recommend this book too highly. Not only will you enjoy it and find it useful, but you'll probably keep using it as a reference like I do. It makes following current affairs and even politics much more easy.

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