Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution.
Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced--then they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and we're still experiencing the ramifications.
Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitution's creation begins with a story--all but one of them true--that connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government. From the award-winning team, Cynthia Levinson, children's book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar, Fault Lines in the Constitution will encourage exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.

Title:Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781561459452
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  • Lynn

    Throw out the textbooks and let's just put this in classrooms! In almost every political debate, the Constitution is brought in but I'd wager my personal library that more people don't understand the ...

  • Beth

    A book that reminds us that the U.S. Constitution is not just meant to be revered, but also openly criticized. After all, it is a living document that is always seeking to form a more perfect union. ...

  • Kris Patrick

    I had big plans for this book. There are nice things about being married to a Constitution-loving attorney who studied history as an undergraduate. He consistently impresses my parents and sister with...

  • Laura Gardner

    edited review! I just got a chance to read the newest edition of this fabulous nonfiction book:Cynthia and Sanford Levinson have written an updated version of their fabulous nonfiction book about the ...

  • Jennifer

    Engaging, solid nonfiction read! I appreciated the graphics, inserts, and quotes, and the way the information is presented. I don't know that most teens would necessarily elect to read it on their own...

  • Clare Lund

    Engaging, informative, and thought-provoking read about our Constitution and the intentions of our Founding Fathers. Does it still meet our needs today? In many ways... no. The writing style makes thi...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Levinson, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, their fights, and the flaws that affect us today, 225 pages. Peachtree, 2017. $20.While the Constitution of the Uni...

  • Leigh

    What a great idea for a book for young readers, and for readers of all ages! Perfect for a former political science major like me. The book is packed with so many interesting and provocative facts, ti...

  • Anna Smithberger

    This is a great book, both as an intro to the Constitution and as a critique of the USA’s most important governing document. ...

  • Tabrizia

    I learned so much about the US constitution from reading this book. I believe everyone in the country needs to read this book so they have a better understanding of how our country works. ...