This new edition updates the classic clause-by-clause examination of the Constitution and its Amendments as interpreted by the Supreme Court from 1789 to 2009.
• Includes copies of original documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution
• Provides a chronology of key events in constitutional history from the Magna Carta (1215) to the present
• Each chapter has a bibliography of cases and/or primary and secondary materials, many of which are quite extensive
• A glossary of key law and political science terms
• Offers appendices, including a list of U.S. Supreme Court Justices and their dates of service and thumbnails of the 50 leading cases decided by the Supreme Court
John R. Vile
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has valued my constitutional research more than any other document that I have had the priviledge of reading. Each section (and in some cases each clause) of the governing document of our nation, is clarified in an organized fashion. Said clarification also includes references to major Supreme Court decisions. The book also includes a list of fifty of the major Supreme Court rulings of the last 225 years. The Supreme Court, being the final word on Constitutional interpretation is essential to a book of this nature; however, Mr. Vile's list of cases does leave a bit to be desired. His description of the cases are, in my opinion, far to short, and it is for that reason alone that I can't give the book 5 stars. If you need a reference of Supreme Court decisions, look elsewhere, but if you want an excellent reference for the "meat" of the United States Constitution, and also a detailed description and analysis of each of the 27 amendments, it is without...
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