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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wanted to read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and really understand what they're saying?

Millions of others have, too. But getting a real understanding of the legal language of 200 years ago can be challenging - and as a result, few Americans know these important documents as well as they should. Recognizing this, Paul Skousen has written exactly the book you've been looking for.

It's an easy step-by-step guide that makes these documents come alive. With his help, you will be able to read them with purpose, with understanding, and with clarity.

Skousen provides several valuable memory aids for you to master the Constitution's seven Articles and the 27 important rights named in the Bill of Rights. You will be able to navigate through the Declaration's five power statements on freedom and unlock their 18th century phrases with a convenient glossary. You will find the answers to 10 popular myths about the Constitution, and discover how its guiding principles protect human rights.

Thousands of books describe the origins of these famous documents, but only one audiobook gives you a place to start reading them made easier in How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

©2016 Paul B. Skousen (P)2016 Paul B. Skousen, Izzard Ink Publishing

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Simplicity

If you could sum up How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in three words, what would they be?

Simplicity, Educational, Freedom

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I was surprised how Mark handled the "Test Yourself" sections. I appreciated how I could listen and learn and still participate to test my knowledge/comprehension.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were performed masterfully.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Simply the Constitution

Any additional comments?

American's need to understand their constitutional rights or we will lose them. I have read many books on the Constitution but this was is for listeners of all ages and various levels of understanding. My kids now understand know how to read these documents have that lasted 200+ years and so do I. Many books on the Constitution try and give an angle or their own bias but this is just facts. Well done and the narration could not have been better.

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Politicians Read This!!!

What did you love best about How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?

I've never read the Constitution or the Declaration before. I really liked the short simple explanation of the seven Articles. I loved the memory trick, lej sasr, GREAT!

What other book might you compare How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to and why?

There is no other book I can compare this with. The "Dummy" and "Idiot" books are too hard. This book made it really clear really fast.

Which scene was your favorite?

The list of powers given to Congress. I thought the constitution gave them permission to do a lot more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened through the first part and suddenly realized an hour went by. It's a fast book.

Any additional comments?

I care a lot about our horrible gun violence problems, free college tuition, minimum wage, and what we're doing to our environment. I picked up the book because I wanted to know why the government can't fix these faster. Now it makes a lot more sense. This is a really good way to do it, read the actual words in the constitution and understand what's going on. Recommend it.

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  • Salt Lake City, UT
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The Book Title Says It All

Where does How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to many, many audio books. I am a huge Grisham fan. Mark read Grisham's latest novel and that is partially what led me to this book. Love the voice. Love the performance.

What other book might you compare How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to and why?

I guess it reminds me a bit of one of Covey's books (How to win friends and influence people, etc.) Not really because of content but just the feel and vibe it has. It is approachable, easy, simple application, and something you would probably read again.

What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said before, he read Grisham's novel and that was so well done that I couldn't wait to hear this one. Love the performance.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I don't think i have ever read either of these documents before. Probably not even in school. To hear them side-by-side, and understand better how to interpret them, it took away the mystery and uncertainty. These documents are simple and i guess i never realized that before. I think what surprised me the most is the multitude of examples of unconstitutional things I read in the paper and see on the news. Education really is the key to preserve freedom.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for the book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Being a Cop and Civil Rights

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I work for a security service, people threaten me about constitutional rights all the time. I figure it's time to learn more beyond just the training. Everything I found that would teach me about the constitution expected me to already have a pretty solid foundation on constitutional law. I agree that is important but I had never been taught or had gone out to learn it. A friend heard the author on the radio and ordered the book. I decided to try the audio first. It was a great beginning but now I want to go through the printed book. Highly recommended for people like me who know its important but worry that it requires time and work just to read the thing. The author gives you more than just reading, but reading with understanding and not a lot of political bias clogging the original words.The author makes it fast and simple. Loved it.

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Needed Book for School

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My mom bought me this book for school. We are learning all about our rights and the founding fathers in class right now. I liked how this was something easy for me to read along with while listening. I'm younger and I thought I would never understand the constitution or declaration of independence until I was older. But this was easy for me to understand and I really liked it. It helped me get 98% on my class test. My teacher thought it was really cool that I know the constitution now. My score was the highest in my class. I think everyone should get this book. Thank you!

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Wish I had picked this up ages ago!

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Now all the constitutional challenges and claims make sense. Finally, I can engage in the debate without faking it.

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Unbiased, Education, Essential

Where does How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This audiobook is for the person who wishes to leave a better world than they received. The only other comparable audio-books I've heard are Bassam (also by Skousen) and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This audio book is compelling because of its simplicity in its study of the most powerful documents ever drafted. No biased opinion, just simple and compelling. Worth the investment of time and money.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Coming out of this book, I have a deepened resolve and respect for The United States of America and its inspired founding documents. I realized how essential it is to have the Declaration of Independence side-by-side with the Constitution, when studying either. Those two documents speak to each-other.

Any additional comments?

I read the Declaration with my young kids and extended family on the 4th of July. This book will make that new tradition more meaningful...adding to the great legacy already left to us in the form of The United States of America.

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Understand them for the first time

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to be better than the print version?

I bought both, my wife liked the audio, I read the book. I enjoyed the audio version but made notes in the book. Split vote

What other book might you compare How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to and why?

I've tried reading the Constitution and Declaration before, back in high school. Never made much sense. This "How To" approach opened the door, now I get it. Articles, sections, clauses, preamble, assertions, charges, rights, permissions, control, unalienable, the book nails it. It's a fast read, to the point. Why isn't this taught in the schools anymore?

Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mark Deakins is the master. I've listened to half a dozen of his works and he brings everything to life. The Constitution is hard reading but he makes it come alive, clips right along, he emphasizes important words and makes it understandable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really appreciated Mark Deakins powerful reading of the Declaration. I could feel the anger and frustration in the Americans at the king. Those words stirred some strong feelings inside, made me think of problems in America today.

Any additional comments?

I heard the author on the radio and decided to give the book a try. I’m thrilled. Author walks you through the Declaration and the Constitution so you understand what you're reading. That's what got me. I thought it was a bunch of lawyer words. You really can understand both of these if somebody will just give a few pointers. He includes ten myths that answered my question about being "old fashioned" and "a living Constitution." There's a little quiz after each section to make sure you're catching the main points, and a timed reading test. The glossary really helped a lot. It's a very fast read. I recommend it to everybody.

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Amazing glossary!

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to be better than the print version?

I love Mark Deakins narration.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I follow the structure very well.

What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book flows really well with this narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed the foreword

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How to Read the Constitutuion

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is an unbiased book about how to read the constitution.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

The narrator did very well.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The myths, historical facts and how to read the constitution.

Any additional comments?

Any conservative or liberal should read this book to understand how America is free.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful