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

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Hyperion Books, Feb 18, 2004 - Political Science - 288 pages
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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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Review: The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution

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Very enjoyable, easy-to-understand guide to how the US Constitution has been interpreted. Not scholarly written by a journalist but interesting and a good start for the uninitiated. Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

Very enjoyable, easy-to-understand guide to how the US Constitution has been interpreted. Not scholarly written by a journalist but interesting and a good start for the uninitiated. Read full review

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Linda R. Monk is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and award-winning author. She has twice won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Monk has written numerous articles for newspapers nationwide including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune. She also served as series advisor for the PBS program "Constitution USA."

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