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

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

by Linda R. Monk
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a lawyer and Consitutional scholar. I have given several speeches on the origins and history of the constitution. I have looked for years for a good primmer which puts the basic language of the Constitution into historical context and traces the Supreme Court's interpretion and treatment of that language. One can then easily go on if necessary to find more indepth treatment of that language in the actual decisions of the court or in the progeny of the landmark decisions. The recent Heller decision is a good illustration. There is sparce mention of the Second ammendment in the history of the Constituion or in court decisions handed down since the ratification of the Bill of Rights. For many years a dabate raged over whether that Amendment established a private right to bear arms or whether the right only existed in the context of a Militia. While this book was copywrited in 2003, prior to the Heller decision, it's analysis as to what to anticipate in Heller was right on. This is the "little" book I have been looking for for years.
Favre4President More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Linda Monk really breaks things down bit by bit, Article by Article, and Amendment by Amendment. What I liked best was the use of Supreme Court decisions on Constitutional interpretation. While this may seem a logial step, outside of the legal community, many Americans may not really think about it. To have them in something outside of law school textbook and in something meant for everyone is exceptional. A really good feature, as well, is the use of sidebars and quotations of prominent Americans. They put things in context.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student of the Constitution I have read many books about it over the years. This author takes an entirely new, very liberal view. It is filled with historical inaccuracies and polical-correctnes. My wife bought this for me as a Christmas present. Other than this book, it was a good Chrsitmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author has taken the Liberal view point about the Constitution. She wants more goverment involment in day to day activities of the citizens. She thinks that Clinton was exonerated. This is not an unbiased view of the Constitution.
Brian_Barbero More than 1 year ago
I graduated from college in 1978 with bachlors degrees in political science and law enforcement. In the process of gaining those degrees, I suffered through countless hours of constitutional law courses. While it was kind of entertaining seeing the spin that my liberal poly sci and ultra conservative law enforcement instructors gave the same material it really wasn't very productive. Wandering thru Barnes and Noble last week, my wife (who also took the law enforcement verison of con law) turned up a copy of "The Words We Live By" and on a whim, I added it to my stack. I found it fascinating. The book brought the Constitution alive for me and corrected a number of misconceptions that I have carried for the last 3 decades.
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Berrycape More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Every American should at least read this book. Not enough Americans know the true make up of The Constitution.
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While I have yet to read the entire book, what I have read is great. Well written. Words we not only do live by, but words we SHOULD live by.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Words We Live By has become a standard reference in my household for my fourth and sixth grader. As my children have gone to the book for questions they have about the Constitution, I have read along with them. In my reading I have found much to admire about The Words We Live By. The writing is clean and crisp, and the author presents a balanced point of view about the constitution. The only agenda Linda Monk seems to have is for her reader to understand the Constitution of the United States. How many books could you pick up that would be praised by both Linda Chavez and Nat Hentoff?
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a college student who is not politically-focused, and has enough required reading already, this was an easy book to pick up and read. By providing pictures, quotes, and defined terms in the margins, it makes it easy to learn- and helps to break up what can otherwise be a dull document, (The Constitution). In addition to explaining each section of the Constitution, Monk provides a balanced discription of the process by which the Constitution was created, including anecdotes when appropriate. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the Constitution, or anyone who needs a new book for the bedside table.