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Your complete guide to understanding the US Constitution. 

Want to make sense of the US Constitution? This new edition walks you through this revered document, explaining how the articles and amendments came to be and how they have guided legislators, judges, and presidents - and sparked ongoing debates along the way. You'll get the lowdown on all the big issues - from separation of church and state to impeachment to civil rights - that continue to affect Americans' daily lives. Plus, you'll find out about US Constitution concepts and their origins, the different approaches to interpretation, and how the document has changed over the past 200+ years. 

In this book, you'll find fresh examples of Supreme Court rulings such as same-sex marriage and healthcare acts such as Obamacare. Explore hot topics like what it takes to be elected Commander in Chief, the functions of the House and Senate, how Supreme Court justices are appointed, and so much more. 

Constitutional issues are dominating the news - and now you can join the discussion with the help of U.S. Constitution for Dummies.

©2018 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Gildan Media

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  • 12-12-19

Very informative, thorough and opinionated

This book was written by a barrister from London who also teaches at Cambridge and then other places. The author does a good job of presenting most arguments and then he will often throw in his two shillings which you can take or leave since you paid for the book. I'll probably listen to it again in parts because there is so much history and trivia scattered throughout.

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Not an Easy Listen; But Do It Anyway.

If you want to be inciteful and know what you are talking about when you comment on the running of these United States, this would be a good place to start your learning. The U.S. Constitution for Dummies, 2nd Edition, written and read by Dr. Michael Arnheim. It does not seem to me, but I am speaking from an anecdotal perspective, this nation has taught its constituents civics. Test yourself out right here and now, define civics. How can we expect the magnificence of our democracy to continue if a large portion of us do not understand what provides us with our unique freedom? This is not an exciting book. It is though, rather complete in presenting the structure of the Constitution, the history as to why it was so created, think through of how each section works, and the author’s comment on its history, effect, and needed correction. Aside: I do not often agree with the author. This book should be read by each of you who wonder about our liberty and want to be a better citizen. Not an Easy Listen; But Do It Anyway.

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Much better than I anticipated.

I love this audiobook. I've never had much of an interest in government, but I believe I'll listen to this over and over. Interesting and well done.

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Concise yet Detailed

This was a great listen. I already had a decent understanding, but this book expanded my knowledge and taught me many things. Great information presented in a unembellished way. Dr. Arnheim intrigues me, and I will most likely look into his other works.

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well told from the author himself.

I listened to this entirely over 3 days and probably will again soon. The narrator is also the author so I feel he describes is intent very well.

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Fundamentally Informative

The book was interesting, but long winded. The narrator/author also digressed rather frequently. I got what I wanted from the book, but would have appreciated something more to the point.

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