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If you could sum up Fault Lines in the Constitution in three words, what would they be?
Thought Provoking, Interesting
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Believe it or not, I considered this book to be a real "page turner".
This was apparently intended to be a middle-school/high-school age primer on the workings of -- and problems with -- the US Constitution. The authors, a world-renowned Constitutional Law scholar and his wife, an accomplished author, describe in accessible detail the highlights of the US Constitution. Interesting background stories are liberally peppered in to make the material more relevant to the less-informed reader. However, while the book may have been targeted at those in their early teens, the issues discussed are sophisticated indeed. Fine points of the US Constitution are compared with constitutions of individual states, as well as those of other countries. We are left with the distinct impression that our Constitution was, indeed, a spectacular accomplishment. HOWEVER, it is similarly clear that some of the compromises made at the onset, as well as some of the key features, have demonstrated themselves to be problematic in many ways (and could cause serious problems in several specific circumstances which haven't yet occurred). Among the radical, but arguably pragmatic suggestions is to call a new Constitutional Convention and perhaps start again from scratch! The authors themselves have an interesting dialogue with each other at the end discussing pros and cons of this quite radical suggestion.
So -- this book should appeal to many readers:
- Young or just relatively uninformed folks who'd like to better understand how our federal government is designed to work and why,
- More sophisticated readers who enjoy studying history,
- Folks who are interested in comparing how the US constitution does things compared with how other constitutions (i.e., those of individual states and of other countries) do them.
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