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Six Amendments

How and Why We Should Change the Constitution
Narrated by: Daniel Hagen
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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For the first time ever, a retired Supreme Court Justice offers a manifesto on how the Constitution needs to change.

By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second-longest-serving Justice in the history of the Supreme Court. Now he draws upon his more than three decades on the Court, during which he was involved with many of the defining decisions of the modern era, to offer a book like none other. Six Amendments is an absolutely unprecedented call to arms, detailing six specific ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens.

Written with the same precision and elegance that made Stevens's own Court opinions legendary for their clarity as well as logic, Six Amendments is a remarkable work, both because of its unprecedented nature and, in an age of partisan ferocity, its inarguable common sense.

©2014 John Paul Stevens (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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This should be given some thought

I particularly like the "sunset clause" plan and how Stephen's view on gun rights might work.

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Good read, but low researched book

understood on a few of his points. you would have better made an argument if you would have stated the original writers intents and giving examples of such. instead he chose to make up his own intents and just declare them as true. it would have been supremely better if you would have taken some of Jefferson letters and directly quoted from Jefferson or the original writers of the amendments.

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Great arguments.... Read it

What did you love best about Six Amendments?

John Paul Steven's arguments for the proposed amendments.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Paul Stevens and the Constitution

What didn’t you like about Daniel Hagen’s performance?

He must be the most boring reader ever recorded. Hagen can put anyone to sleep within 5 minutes.

If you could give Six Amendments a new subtitle, what would it be?

Better read it.

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  • Kenneth
  • WOODBRIDGE, CT, United States
  • 02-14-15

For lawyers, law students and historians only.

What did you love best about Six Amendments?

Cut, dried, and to the point.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author, J. Stevens.

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

This is my first one. His narration was fine.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

For lawyers, law students and historians only. Anyone else will be bored to tears even though the book is relatively brief.

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  • Ray
  • West Deptford, NJ, United States
  • 09-11-14

Makes a Strong Case

I enjoyed the book, but believe that I might have been able to follow it better in written rather than audio format. I found the book to be well reasoned and well researched. I benefitted from having some understanding of Constitutional Law. Perhaps I am prejudiced since I usually agreed with Judge Stevens when he was on the bench.

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