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The United States Constitution

One Document, Many Choices

Authors: Vile, J.

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This book examines the U.S. Constitution by focusing on its origins in Western political thought and its organization and subsequent amendments. It describes the document as a series of choices among alternative governmental institutions that are designed to provide national security and secure ordered liberty.

About the authors

John R. Vile is Professor of Political Science and Honors Dean at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. He is the author, editor, and contributor to numerous books on the United States Constitution, the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Constitutional amending process, Supreme Court decisions, and civil rights and liberties.

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Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2016

“The book is organized around each article of the Constitution, describing the powers of Congress, the president, and the judiciary, as well as how federalism was supposed to work and how amendments were to occur. … Excellent for collections on American law and politics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.” (D. Schultz, Choice, Vol. 53 (5), January, 2016)


“This book is absolutely an indispensable read for anyone student, scholar, or general reader wanting to understand why our Founding Fathers created the Constitution the way they did and how it was supposed to work. Vile is one of the most insightful contemporary scholars on the American Constitution and this book is perhaps the best work so far he has written on this subject.” (David Schultz, Professor Political Science and Law, Hamline University, USA)

“The United States Constitution: One document, Many choices is informative and intellectually stimulating. The book provides valuable insights into the electoral college, presidential leadership, and related constitutional controversies. Those who appreciate constitutional law will find much to enjoy in the latest work by this prolific scholar.” (David Hudson, Nashville School of Law, Tennessee)

“This book belongs in the hands of everyone who wants to understand the Constitution as it should be understood: the result of choices among viable alternatives considered and debated by its Framers. Through a series of chapters posing questions about these alternatives and their relation to the finished document, the author has created a stimulating dialogue of inquiry about the Constitution that will fully engage readers while challenging their assumptions concerning its nature and significance.” (Donald Whitefield, Great Books Foundation, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Institutional Choices and the Preamble: It’s a Real-World Document, Not a Utopian Blueprint

    Pages 1-21

    Vile, John R.

  • The Legislative Branch: It’s a Congress, Not a Parliament

    Pages 23-56

    Vile, John R.

  • The Executive Branch: It’s Headed by an Accountable Elected Official, Not a King or a Dictator

    Pages 57-73

    Vile, John R.

  • The Judicial Branch: It’s a Group of Lawyers, Not Platonic Guardians

    Pages 75-86

    Vile, John R.

  • The Nation and the States: The Arrangement Is Federal, Not Confederal or Unitary

    Pages 87-98

    Vile, John R.

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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51349-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The United States Constitution
Book Subtitle
One Document, Many Choices
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51350-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137513502
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51349-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 203
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