One of this era's most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the worlds great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this 'biography' of America's framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution says it.
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'Only rarely do you find a book that embodies scholarship at its most solid and invigorating; this is such a book.' - PW Starred Review.
'Much as Americans responded to the tragedy of November 22, 1963 by revising the Constitution's succession system, so Americans in the wake of September 11, 2001 have good reason to rethink our statutory succession system before tragedy strikes again." Data-rich, but seldom ponderous.' - Kirkus Reviews.
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