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

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Hyperion Books, Feb 18, 2004 - Political Science - 288 pages
he United States Constitution is the basis for our most fundamental rights as Americans, and is a key element in nearly every major legal and political debate ever argued. But how many of us actually understand the language used by our Founding Fathers Now Linda R. Monk, an award-winning author and journalist, takes us through the Constitution, line by line, to help us comprehend this amazing document. From the Preamble, which she analyzes with inspiration from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Charlton Heston, and James Madison, to each and every amendment, Monk offers insight, legal expertise, surprising facts and trivia, opposing interpretations, and historical anecdotes to breathe life into this provocative and hallowed document.

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The U.S. Constitution gets a comprehensive overview in this engaging blend of history and commentary. Monk, author of The Bill of Rights: A User's Guide, traces the history and consequences of each ... Read full review

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what's more relevant to our lives as Americans than the Constitution? well done and informative book. Read full review

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Linda R. Monk, J.D., is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and nationally award-winning author. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she twice received the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. She served as Series Advisor for the PBS documentary Constitution USA, and she has appeared on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. For more than 25 years, Monk has written commentary for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. She served as a Visiting Scholar at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Lead Curator for the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago, and a consultant to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and conducted seminars for such groups as the Pentagon, Fulbright Scholars, National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and National History Day.

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