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Author: Ed Asner, Ed. Weinberger Narrator: Ed Asner Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781508249290
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In the tradition of Michael Moore, Ed Asner—a.k.a. Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show—reclaims the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it.

Ed Asner, a self-proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right-wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong about what the Constitution says. There’s no way that two hundred-plus years later, the right-wing ideologues know how to interpret the Constitution. On their way home from Philadelphia the people who wrote it couldn’t agree on what it meant. What was the president’s job? Who knew? All they knew was that the president was going to be George Washington and as long as he was in charge, that was good enough. When Hamilton wanted to start a national bank, Madison told him that it was unconstitutional. Both men had been in the room when the Constitution was written. And now today there are politicians and judges who claim that they know the original meaning of the Constitution. Are you kidding?

In The Grouchy Historian, Ed Asner leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unabashedly biased, deeply researched book that refutes the right-wing argument that the framers of the US Constitution favored small government, limited taxation, and minimal regulation.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A smart, often entertaining polemic…The opportunities for hyperbole and rant are many, but Asner retains a mostly even tone…less grouchy than exasperated and a pleasure for like-minded readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Avowed Leftie Asner knows whereof he speaks. Copious citations and a complete transcript of the Constitution support his bona fides. He has studied these essential papers, immersed himself in Supreme Court decisions, and relied on respected historians and scholars to refute the talking points spouted by the conservative party’s talking heads. Although it is, indeed, wry and witty, Asner’s ‘defense’ is no mere entertainer’s polemic.”

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