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Who Killed the Constitution? (Book)

By: Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R.C. Gutzman

“Let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution” – Thomas Jefferson

Book Description

The United States Constitution – the bedrock of our country – is … dead.

This is the dirty little secret that bestselling authors Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R.C. Gutzman expose in this provocative new book. The fact is that government officials – Democrats and Republicans, president, judges and Congresses alike – long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S. government’s power. Woods and Gutzman round up the suspects responsible for the death of the government and the Constitution the Founding Fathers designed. Going right to the scenes of the crime, they dissect 12 of the most egregious assaults on the Constitution. In chronicling this “dirty dozen,” the authors show that the attacks began long before presidents declared preemptive wars; Congresses built pork-barrel bridges to nowhere and Supreme Court justices began to behave as our supreme legislators.

Here are a few of the topics that Woods and Gutzman dare to discuss: Chapter 1 covers Woodrow Wilson and Freedom of Speech; Chapter 2, “Another President Against the Constitution,” recounts Harry Truman seizing the steel mills. Following chapters include discourse on Brown v. the Board of Education, forced busing and banning prayer from public schools.

Never shying away from controversy, Woods and Gutzman reveal an unsettling but unavoidable truth: Now that the federal government has broken free of the Constitution’s chains, government officials are restrained by little more than their sense of what they can get away with.

This divisive book is a call to action for all Americans who have seen the government’s power escalate out of control.

Editorial Reviews

“So excellent is this book that it puts me in an uncomfortable position. It is difficult for me to find fault with it, and this will never do for The Mises Review.” – David Gordon, Mises.org

“The assault on the Constitution, as this book shows, didn't begin in the 20th century. Whether it can be ended and reversed in the 21st century is the big question. Woods and Gutzman's book will help anyone interested in such a development to understand how the nation got to this perilous position. ‘Who Killed the Constitution?’ will help a reader to understand the problem — which, of course, is the first step in solving it.” – John F. McManus, The New American

About the Authors

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the creator of Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including “The Dennis Miller Show,” “The Michael Reagan Show,” “The Dennis Prager Show” and “The Michael Medved Show.” A contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine and six encyclopedias, Woods is also a New York Times bestselling author whose titles include “Meltdown,” “Nullification,” “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History” and “Who Killed the Constitution?” He lives in Topeka, Kan., with his wife and four daughters.

Kevin R.C. Gutzman, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author and associate professor of American history at Western Connecticut State University. He also authors and co-authors books on history, including “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution,” “Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840” and “Who Killed the Constitution?”

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307405753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307405753

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