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The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

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We just love to argue about politics, and our social media feeds tell us that today’s political discourse volume dial is perpetually turned to 11. We argue, debate, scream and shout, unfriend, unfollow, and throw the occasional tantrum in the Wal-Mart Arts and Crafts aisle.

The most interesting thing is that much of our collective ranting is based on a knowledge platform of, well, not as much as we might like. In fact, I figure that 173.19 trillion of us have never actually read the Constitution. OK, admittedly that number might be more of an estimate than a carefully researched fact.

Why do we never seem to get around to digesting the national instruction book? Probably because it’s somewhat boring to read as it’s full of words like “attainder” and “emoluments.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen the word “attainder” before, not even on the Master’s Series of Wheel of Fortune.

That’s precisely why I wrote The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story. I had an ambitious goal: to make the Constitution’s history and meaning so simple that even a career politician could understand it. That’s important because it’s abundantly clear that most politicians know less about the Constitution than they do about the composition of spackle. I know, it’s not just an adventure; it’s my job.

Enjoy! Check that self-education item off your to-do list and have some serious fun in the process!

Description

The historically accurate and decidedly entertaining owner’s manual, The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story covers the how’s, what’s, and why’s of the United States founding documents – but with a healthy dose of political humor. It offers a historically accurate and informative background on the nation’s founding documents, but unlike the original, it won’t put you into a coma or lead to irritable bunion syndrome.

Reader reviews:

This is a highly educational book and should be read by everyone who believes that our founding fathers really knew what they were doing.

It’s hard to believe anyone has created a light hearted romp through the founding documents of the US, but here it is. McHale combs through every document, section, article and amendment and explores the intentions and where we are now. This books conveys the users manuals for the US in a way that even sitting politicians may understand.

Reading the original text of the founding documents can be daunting. Was a little political humor high on the framer’s collective priority list? Probably not.

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story covers the underlying concepts of natural rights and the real purpose of consent-based government. Hint: it’s not to subpoena and investigate each other.

The heart of the book is a simplified and fun walk through the events leading up to the creation of the founding documents. It wasn’t easy. Remember the last time you attended a PTA meeting? Stop and think about the angst, pettiness, infighting, alliances, physical threats, and political struggles. Got a clear mental picture? Good. Now multiply that by eleventy-nine trillion, and you have a pretty good idea of what the process of designing and implementing the Constitution looked like.

Who would think that words carved into a 200-year old tree could cause so much controversy in this day and age? Well, technically, it’s not even a tree. While early drafts of the Constitution were likely written on hemp paper, the final was considered significant enough to warrant going out and skewering a sheep to make parchment. Ewww.

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History
  • A New Type of Government
  • Constitutional Whats and Whys
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • How the Constitution Came to Be
  • What Does the Constitution Say?
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Later Amendments
  • The Constitution Today
  • The Original Founding Documents

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story will not only help you impress your friends, but it’ll also equip you to dominate your social media debates!

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .75 in