Wrong and Dangerous: Ten Right Wing Myths about Our Constitution

Submitted by POOMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 13:27

"The primary purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit Congress. There is no separation of church and state. The Second Amendment allows citizens to threaten the government. These are just a few of the myths about our constitution peddled by the Far Right—a toxic coalition of Fox News talking heads, radio hosts, angry “patriot” groups, and power-hungry Tea Party politicians.

What is Cultural History?

Submitted by POOMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 10:50

"What is Cultural History? has established itself as an essential guide to what cultural historians do and how they do it. Now fully updated in its second edition, leading historian Peter Burke offers afresh his accessible guide to the past, present and future of cultural history, as it has been practised not only in the English-speaking world, but also in Continental Europe, Asia, South America and elsewhere.

We the People, Volume 3: The Civil Rights Revolution

Submitted by POOMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 23:26

"The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v Board of Education. Laws that ended Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth gained congressional approval only after the American people mobilized their support. "

We the People, Volume 2: Transformations

Submitted by POOMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 23:23

"Constitutional change, seemingly so orderly, formal, and refined, has in fact been a revolutionary process from the first, as Bruce Ackerman makes clear in We the People, Volume 2: Transformations. The Founding Fathers, hardly the genteel conservatives of myth, set America on a remarkable course of revolutionary disruption and constitutional creativity that endures to this day.

We the People, Volume 1: Foundations

Submitted by POOMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 23:19

"Bruce Ackerman offers a sweeping reinterpretation of our nation’s constitutional experience and its promise for the future. Integrating themes from American history, political science, and philosophy, We the People confronts the past, present, and future of popular sovereignty in America. Only this distinguished scholar could present such an insightful view of the role of the Supreme Court.

U.S. Constitution For Dummies

Submitted by POOMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 22:01

"An in-depth look at the defining document of America

Want to make sense of the U.S. Constitution? This plain-English guide walks you through this revered document, explaining how the articles and amendments came to be and how they have guided legislators, judges, and presidents and sparked ongoing debates. You'll understand all the big issues — from separation of church and state to impeachment to civil rights — that continue to affect Americans' daily lives.

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

Submitted by POOMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 18:49

"By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second longest serving Justice in the history of the Supreme Court. Now he draws upon his more than three decades on the Court, during which he was involved with many of the defining decisions of the modern era, to offer a book like none other. SIX AMENDMENTS is an absolutely unprecedented call to arms, detailing six specific ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens.

The Second Amendment: A Biography

Submitted by POOMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:22

"Widely acclaimed at the time of its publication, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.

At a time of increasing gun violence in America, Waldman’s book provoked a wide range of discussion. This book looks at history to provide some surprising, illuminating answers.

Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government--and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency

Submitted by POOMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 12:36

"Our government is failing us. From health care to immigration, from the deficit to climate change, our political institutions have long shown that they are incapable of meeting the challenges of modern society. Why the dysfunction?