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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date May 24, 2016
Pages 259
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781476743806
ISBN-10 1476743800
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “Narrative, celebratory history at its purest” (Publishers Weekly)—the real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be: a vivid account of political strategy, big egos, and the partisan interests that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.

Those who argue that the Bill of Rights reflects the founding fathers’ “original intent” are wrong. The Bill of Rights was actually a brilliant political act executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter’s authority over the states. In the skilled hands of award-winning historian Carol Berkin, the story of the founders’ fight over the Bill of Rights comes alive in a drama full of partisanship, clashing egos, and cunning manipulation.

In 1789, the nation faced a great divide around a question still unanswered today: should broad power and authority reside in the federal government or should it reside in state governments? The Bill of Rights, from protecting religious freedom to the people’s right to bear arms, was a political ploy first and a matter of principle second. The truth of how and why Madison came to devise this plan, the debates it caused in the Congress, and its ultimate success is more engrossing than any of the myths that shroud our national beginnings.

The debate over the Bill of Rights still continues through many Supreme Court decisions. By pulling back the curtain on the short-sighted and self-interested intentions of the founding fathers, Berkin reveals the anxiety many felt that the new federal government might not survive—and shows that the true “original intent” of the Bill of Rights was simply to oppose the Antifederalists who hoped to diminish the government’s powers. This book is “a highly readable American history lesson that provides a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, the fears that generated it, and the miracle of the amendments” (Kirkus Reviews).

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781476743790
 
from Simon & Schuster (May 5, 2015); titled "The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties"
9781476743790 | details & prices | 259 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $27.50
Paperback
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The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Simon & Schuster (May 24, 2016); titled "The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties"
9781476743806 | details & prices | 259 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $16.99
About: “Narrative, celebratory history at its purest” (Publishers Weekly)—the real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be: a vivid account of political strategy, big egos, and the partisan interests that set the terms of the ongoing contest between the federal government and the states.
With Don Pendleton | from Gold Eagle (January 1, 2003); titled "Sleepers"
9780373614882 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.36 lbs | List price $6.50
This edition also contains Sleepers
About: When an old KGB campaign involving sleeper assassins is re-activated, wreaking death and destruction throughout the fifty states, Mack Bolan, along with a gorgeous Russian agent, is forced to place his trust in Burke Barnum, a traitor to the U.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Pam Ward (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Tantor Media Inc (May 5, 2015); titled "The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties"
9781494510572 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.36 lbs | List price $37.99
About: Revered today for articulating America's founding principles, the first ten amendments-the Bill of Rights-were in fact a political stratagem executed by James Madison to preserve the Constitution, the federal government, and the latter's authority over the states.

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