How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

  • by Paul B. Skousen
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wanted to read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and really understand what they're saying?
Millions of others have, too. But getting a real understanding of the legal language of 200 years ago can be challenging - and as a result, few Americans know these important documents as well as they should. Recognizing this, Paul Skousen has written exactly the book you've been looking for.
It's an easy step-by-step guide that makes these documents come alive. With his help, you will be able to read them with purpose, with understanding, and with clarity.
Skousen provides several valuable memory aids for you to master the Constitution's seven Articles and the 27 important rights named in the Bill of Rights. You will be able to navigate through the Declaration's five power statements on freedom and unlock their 18th century phrases with a convenient glossary. You will find the answers to 10 popular myths about the Constitution, and discover how its guiding principles protect human rights.
Thousands of books describe the origins of these famous documents, but only one audiobook gives you a place to start reading them made easier in How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.


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If you could sum up How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in three words, what would they be?

Simplicity, Educational, Freedom

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I was surprised how Mark handled the "Test Yourself" sections. I appreciated how I could listen and learn and still participate to test my knowledge/comprehension.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were performed masterfully.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Simply the Constitution

Any additional comments?

American's need to understand their constitutional rights or we will lose them. I have read many books on the Constitution but this was is for listeners of all ages and various levels of understanding. My kids now understand know how to read these documents have that lasted 200+ years and so do I. Many books on the Constitution try and give an angle or their own bias but this is just facts. Well done and the narration could not have been better.

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- Mr. Mitt

Politicians Read This!!!

What did you love best about How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?

I've never read the Constitution or the Declaration before. I really liked the short simple explanation of the seven Articles. I loved the memory trick, lej sasr, GREAT!

What other book might you compare How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to and why?

There is no other book I can compare this with. The "Dummy" and "Idiot" books are too hard. This book made it really clear really fast.

Which scene was your favorite?

The list of powers given to Congress. I thought the constitution gave them permission to do a lot more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened through the first part and suddenly realized an hour went by. It's a fast book.

Any additional comments?

I care a lot about our horrible gun violence problems, free college tuition, minimum wage, and what we're doing to our environment. I picked up the book because I wanted to know why the government can't fix these faster. Now it makes a lot more sense. This is a really good way to do it, read the actual words in the constitution and understand what's going on. Recommend it.

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- Jewel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2016
  • Publisher: Izzard Ink Publishing