In this divisive political climate, many are quick to reference the United States' founding documents without fully understanding them or taking into account the context in which they were written. Tim Lundeen's spirited, robust delivery of Akhil Reed Amar and Les Adams' book provides an illuminating and accessible guide to the Bill of Rights: one of the quintessential documents in the history of democracy.
The title may evoke images of a dull high school lecture, but this audiobook is anything but boring. Lundeen's casual, inviting tone captures the listener's attention from the beginning and holds it to the end.
A valuable reference to understanding your freedoms.
Many Americans reference the Bill of Rights, a document that represents many of the freedoms that define the United States. Who doesn’t know about the First Amendment’s freedom of religion or Second Amendment’s right to bear arms? In this succinct volume, Akhil Reed Amar and Les Adams offer a wealth of knowledge about the Bill of Rights that goes beyond a basic understanding.The Bill of Rights Primer is an authoritative guide to all American freedoms. Uncluttered and well-organized, this audiobook is perfect for those who want to study up on the Bill of Rights without needing a law degree to do so.
This elementary guidebook presents a short historical survey of the people, events, decrees, legislation, writings, and cultural milestones, in England and the American colonies, that influenced the Founding Fathers as they drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. With helpful comments and fun facts, the book will provide a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, exhibiting that it is not a stagnant document but one with an evolving meaning shaped by historical events, such as the American Civil War and Reconstruction.
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I've been teaching this stuff for 30 years at the college level, so I suppose I could be easily bored or unimpressed. The task of these authors mirrors what I do teaching; putting complicated material in straightforward (as possible) forms, for regular non-expert people to understand. I WAS impressed here. There is good, careful, levelheaded scholarship behind this, and also, plenty fresh for my consideration. I think putting this material in plain (as possible) English is a great public service. I consider my own similar job to be vital and important, and I make great effort to link it for my students to everyday life. All this is done, and done well, here. This is a fine antidote too, to the predigested partisan rants we hear imbedded in a lot of today's "news." If we do not understand these documents and this history, we are at the mercy of whatever "expert" may purport to edit and cherry-pick this material. That weakens all of us, individually and collectively. I find this presentation does not try to shove me around toward conclusions, but supports my own critical thinking, whatever preexisting notions I may have brought with me. It helps me to recognize those parts of the Bill of Rights where my own background was weaker, and based on dubious sources or assumptions. This is a great bargain for what it brings within our reach.
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