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How to Read the Constitution - and Why

By: Kim Wehle
Narrated by: Kim Wehle
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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An insightful, urgent, and perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common-sense language how the US Constitution works and how its protections are eroding before our eyes - essential listening for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.

The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In How to Read the Constitution and Why, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common-sense terms what is in the Constitution and most importantly, what it means. In compelling terms, she describes how the Constitution’s protections are eroding - not only in express terms, but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy - and why every American needs to heed to this “red flag” moment in our democracy.

This invaluable - and timely - resource covers nearly every significant aspect of the Constitution, from the powers of the president and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights - including free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the audiobook explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works - and why, if we don’t step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever.

How to Read the Constitution and Why is essential listening for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for everyone in America - regardless of political party. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Kim Wehle (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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A good perspective on the Constitution

I enjoyed this book/audiobook.

While some could probably pinpoint some bias here and there in the book, the author pointed out where both sides of the political spectrum use their believed intent of the Constitution or the literal wording of it to favor themselves or sway people away from the other side’s influence.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants more information on civics in our great country.

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