TIME The Constitution by Editors of Time Magazine

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Americans have debated the Constitution since the day it was signed, but rarely in its 223-year history have so many disagreed so fiercely about so much. Everywhere there seems to be a debate about the Constitution's meaning and message. The Tea Party, with its almost fanatical focus on the founding documents, contends that its primary purpose is to restrain the federal government—but does it really say that? Among scholars, some believe the Constitution should be interpreted exactly as the framers wrote it, while others analyze the text just as closely to find the elasticity they believe the framers had in mind. But how could the founding fathers know about the world today, with DNA, sexting, airplanes, TV, Medicare, computers and Lady Gaga? In this probing and accessible book, TIME's editors bring the founding document to life, showing how it was written in a spirit of change and revolution and turbulence. With an introduction by one of America's top jurists, an essay by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel (former president of the National Constitution Center), and the full text of the 8,000-word Constitution annotated to show its most controversial passages and little-known quirks, TIME's compact volume will be an indispensable guide for the well-informed citizen.

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Richard Stengel is the editor of "Time.com, " and has contributed to "The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, " and "GQ." He is the author of "January Sun" and collaborated with Nelson Mandela on "Long Walk to Freedom." He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons. Sandra Day O'Connor is a former Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
Published May 11, 2012 by Time. 144 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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