Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men who Signed the United States Constitution

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Quirk Book, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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Unfold Book Jacket for a Full-Color Reproduction of the U.S. Constitution

With their book Signing Their Lives Away, Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese introduced readers to the 56 statesmen (and occasional scoundrels!) who signed the Declaration of Independence. Now they've turned their attention to the 39 men who met in the summer of 1787 and put their names to the U.S. Constitution.

Signing Their Rights Away
chronicles a moment in American history when our elected officials knew how to compromise--and put aside personal gain for the greater good of the nation. These men were just as quirky and flawed as the elected officials we have today: Hugh Williamson believed in aliens, Robert Morris went to prison, Jonathan Dayton stole $18,000 from Congress, and Thomas Mifflin was ruined by alcohol. Yet somehow these imperfect men managed to craft the world's most perfect Constitution. With 39 mini-biographies and a reversible dust jacket that
unfolds into a poster of the original document, Signing Their Rights Away offers an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.

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Easy to read and makes history interesting. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Paula - Goodreads

Great book. Granted some of the biographies are briefer than others. But that's what happens when you have famous men like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton mixed in with others who are not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeancburke - Goodreads

This book both enabled and inspired me to visit the homes of those signers of the US Constitution whose homes still stand and are open to the public for touring. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese are the authors of Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence. They have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Saveur, Reader's Digest, Discover, and other national publications. D'Agnese's work has twice been included in the anthology “Best American Science Writing.” Both are winners of Educational Press Association awards. They live in North Carolina. Visit them online at

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