The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution | Kevin Gutzman

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution
by Kevin Gutzman

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Quick Review

Historian Kevin Gutzman claims that 200-plus years of “constitutional law” have dramatically altered the way the Constitution is understood and how its limitations on government power are applied. In this book, Gutzman reveals the origins of the Constitution and how early Americans understood it and the divisions between state and federal power. But the bulk of Gutzman’s book is focused on the sad story of how the federal government itself, primarily through the Supreme Court, has succeeded in turning the Constitution from a document that limits federal authority into a document that validates any exercise of federal power. In so doing, not only has Washington destroyed the Constitution as it was originally understood, it has dramatically reduced American freedom in the process

Praise for The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

“…an interesting, informative and fun-to-read romp through American constitutional history from an extremely skeptical point of view.” – Lino Graglio, professor of law, University of Texas School of Law

“Very few Americans…understand that the Constitution they revere is not the Constitution bequeathed by the Founding Fathers. Ambition, ignorance, vested interests, the lust for power, false assumptions, distorted judicial postures, and the hard knocks of history have changed it into something never dreamed of by its creators. Few things are more important than for Americans to understand this. Professor Gutzman fearlessly recovers for us what the real Constitution looks like.” – Clyde Wilson, professor of history, University of South Carolina

What to Read First

While this book makes a great starting point for learning about the Constitution, I would suggest reading Brion McClanahan’s The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution first.

What to Read Next

The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution | Brion McClanahan 
Compact of the Republic | David Benner

James Madison and the Making of America | Kevin Gutzman


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