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Author: Michael Stokes Paulsen, Luke Paulsen Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781469093024
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From war powers to health care, freedom of speech to gun ownership, religious liberty to abortion, practically every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. This vital document, along with its history of political and judicial interpretation, governs our individual lives and the life of our nation. Yet most of us know surprisingly little about the Constitution itself and are woefully unprepared to think for ourselves about recent developments in its long and storied history.

The Constitution: An Introduction is the definitive modern primer on the US Constitution. Michael Stokes Paulsen, one of the nation’s most provocative and accomplished scholars of the Constitution, and his son Luke Paulsen, a gifted young writer and scholar, have combined to write a lively introduction to the supreme law of the United States, covering the Constitution’s history and meaning in clear, accessible terms.

Beginning with the Constitution’s birth in 1787, Paulsen and Paulsen offer a grand tour of its provisions, principles, and interpretation, introducing readers to the characters and controversies that have shaped the Constitution in the two-hundred-plus years since its creation. Along the way, the authors provide correctives to the shallow myths and partial truths that pervade so much popular treatment of the Constitution, from school textbooks to media accounts of today’s controversies, and offer powerful insights into the Constitution’s true meaning.

A lucid and engaging guide, The Constitution: An Introduction provides readers with the tools to think critically and independently about constitutional issues—a skill that is ever more essential to the continued flourishing of American democracy.

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  • “This impressive book by the father-son duo of Michael Stokes Paulsen and Luke Paulsen…is in its own way an eloquent testament to the Constitution as a covenant across generations. The Paulsens provide a lively and informed overview of how the Constitution has played out over our nation’s history. They take positions—often firmly, sometimes less so—on a host of constitutional cases and questions. But [they] seek to spur conversations about the Constitution, not to end them.”

    National Review

  • “A clear, concise, reader-friendly book…A fascinating journey through American history.”

    Roanoke (VA) Times

  • “An uncomplicated but sophisticated primer…[The authors] cover the basics well, with thoughtful interpretations of groundbreaking opinions on the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment, the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade, and the Fourteenth Amendment…This is a useful, accessible, and pertinent overview that is well seasoned with opinion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A highly accessible and scholarly but lively look at the nation’s guiding document.”


  • “A sharp, efficient guide to the creation, content, and construction of the supreme law of the land. A well-conceived, well-executed primer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Michael Stokes Paulsen is distinguished university chair and professor of law at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. A graduate of Northwestern University and Yale, he is author of two books and over ninety articles on topics of constitutional law.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.