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    6.7 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    An inspiring new guide to understanding, appreciating, and defending our Constitution, by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller One Nation. Dr. Ben Carson, the acclaimed, bestselling author of One Nation, America the Beautiful, and Gifted Hands, returns with his unique blend of insight, clarity, and common sense in A More Perfect Union. Dr. Carson proves that you don’t have to be a legal scholar to understand, appreciate, and defend the United States Constitution. In plain English, Dr. Carson explains the basic principles of the Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, and he shows how they relate to our everyday lives. He talks about the checks and balances that are critical to the effective functioning of our democracy and the challenges presented by recent Presidents, Congresses, and the Supreme Court. Dr. Carson then explains how we can get the government to stay true to the original intent of the Founders.

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    A More Perfect Union

    6.7 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.3 hrs • 8/11/2015 • Unabridged

    The Words We Live By takes an entertaining and informative look at America’s most important historical document, now with discussions on new rulings on hot-button issues such as immigration, gay marriage, gun control, and affirmative action. In The Words We Live By, Linda Monk probes the idea that the Constitution may seem to offer cut-and-dried answers to questions regarding personal rights, but the interpretations of this hallowed document are nearly infinite. For example, in the debate over gun control, does “the right of the people to bear arms” as stated in the Second Amendment pertain to individual citizens or regulated militias? What do scholars say? Should the Internet be regulated and censored, or does this impinge on the freedom of speech as defined in the First Amendment? These and other issues vary depending on the interpretation of the Constitution. Through entertaining and informative annotations, The Words We Live By offers a new way of looking at the Constitution. Its pages reflect a critical, respectful and appreciative look at one of history’s greatest documents. The Words We Live By is filled with a rich and engaging historical perspective along with enough surprises and fascinating facts and illustrations to prove that your Constitution is a living—and entertaining—document.

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    The Words We Live By

    12.3 hrs • 8/11/15 • Unabridged
  3. 6.7 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    The still-unfolding story of America’s Constitution is a history of heroes and villains—the flawed visionaries who inspired and crafted liberty’s safeguards and the shortsighted opportunists who defied them. Those stories are known by few today. In Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensable provisions. He shows their rise, their fall, and he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this lost Constitution. For example,the Origination Clause says that all bills to raise taxes must originate in the House of Representatives, but contempt for the clause ensured the passage of Obamacare;the Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures, but the NSA now collects our private data without a warrant; andthe Legislative Powers Clause means that only Congress can pass laws, but unelected agencies now produce ninety-nine out of every one hundred pages of legal rules imposed on the American people. Lee’s cast of characters includes a former Ku Klux Klansman who hijacked the Establishment Clause to strangle Catholic schools, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who called the Second Amendment a fraud, and the revered president who began his first of four terms by threatening to shatter the balance of power between Congress and the president—and who began his second term by vowing to do the same to the Supreme Court. Fortunately, the Constitution has always had its defenders. Senator Lee tells the story of how Andrew Jackson, noted for his courage in duels and politics, stood firm against the unconstitutional expansion of federal powers; he brings to life Ben Franklin’s genius for compromise at a deeply divided constitutional convention; and he tells how in 2008, a couple of unlikely challengers persuaded the Supreme Court to rediscover the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. Sections of the Constitution may have been forgotten, but it’s not too late to bring them back—if only we remember why we once demanded them and how we later lost them. Drawing on his experience working in all three branches of government, Senator Lee makes a bold case for resurrecting the lost Constitution to restore and defend our fundamental liberties.

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    Our Lost Constitution

    Read by Mike Lee and Tom Parks
    6.7 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
  4. 14.5 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    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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    The Constitution by Michael Stokes Paulsen, Luke Paulsen

    The Constitution

    14.5 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.4 hrs • 4/22/2014 • Unabridged

    For the first time ever, a retired Supreme Court justice offers a manifesto on how the Constitution needs to change.  By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second longest serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court. Now he draws upon his more than three decades on the Court, during which he was involved with many of the defining decisions of the modern era, to offer a book like none other. Six Amendments is an absolutely unprecedented call to arms, detailing six specific ways in which the constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and well being of American citizens.  Written with the same precision and elegance that made Stevens’ own Supreme Court opinions legendary for their clarity as well as logic, Six Amendments is a remarkable work, both because of its unprecedented nature and, in an age of partisan ferocity, its inarguable common sense.

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    Six Amendments

    3.4 hrs • 4/22/14 • Unabridged
  6. 8.6 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    A stunning exploration of the subtle erosion of freedom in an age of concocted fear and de facto military authority. When we think of a military coup, the first image that comes to mind is a general, standing at a podium with a flag behind him, declaring the deposing of elected leaders and the institution of martial law. Think again. In American Coup, William Arkin reveals the desk-bound takeover of the highest reaches of government by a coterie of “grey men” of the national security establishment. Operating between the lines of the Constitution this powerful and unelected group fights to save the nation from “terror” and weapons of mass destruction while at the same time modifying and undermining the very essence of the country. Many books are written about secrecy, surveillance, and government law-breaking; none so powerfully expose the truth of everyday life in this state of war.

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    American Coup

    8.6 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
  7. 8.8 hrs • 11/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Mortimer Adler devoted a lifetime to studying the great ideas of Western culture and explaining even the most difficult concepts to the average citizen, earning Time magazine’s praise as a “philosopher for everyman.” In We Hold These Truths, Dr. Adler caps his life’s work by illuminating the ideas and ideals that have made the United States of America a truly unique nation in the annals of history. The ideas Adler examines include those at the core of the Declaration of Independence—human equality, inalienable human rights, civil rights, the pursuit of happiness, and both the consent and dissent of the governed. These are the ideas that form the basis for justice, domestic tranquillity, the common defense, the general welfare, and the blessings of liberty—the ideals that are found in the preamble to the Constitution and which bind us together as a nation and a people.

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    We Hold These Truths by Mortimer J. Adler

    We Hold These Truths

    8.8 hrs • 11/20/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.9 hrs • 9/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Using a narrative format, Creating the Constitution details the events leading up to the writing of the US Constitution and what American leaders went through to create it. The authors describe the conflicts between the new states and the delegates each sent to the Constitutional Convention, as well as the work that was done to resolve the many issues at hand.

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  9. 6.5 hrs • 8/1/2012 • Unabridged

    What does the Constitution really mean? How did the founding generation intend for us to interpret and apply the Constitution? Are liberals right when they cite its “elastic” clauses to justify big government, or are conservatives right when they cite its explicit limits on federal power? Professor Brion McClanahan, popular author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, finds the answers by going directly to the source—the Founders themselves, who debated all the relevant issues in their state constitutional conventions. In The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution, you’ll discover –How the Constitution was designed to protect rather than undermine the rights of states; –Why Congress, not the executive branch, was meant to be dominant—and why the Founders would have argued for impeaching many modern presidents for violating the Constitution; –Why an expansive central government was the Founders’ biggest fear, and how the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were designed to guard against it; –Why the founding generation would regard most of the current federal budget, including “stimulus packages,” unconstitutional; –Why the Founding Fathers would oppose attempts to “reform” the Electoral College; and –Why the Founding Fathers would be horrified at the enormous authority of the Supreme Court and why they intended Congress, not the Court, to interpret federal law. Authoritative, fascinating, and timely, The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution is the definitive layman’s guide to America’s most important—and often most willfully misunderstood—historical document.

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    The Founding Fathers’ Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan, PhD
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  10. 6.0 hrs • 5/28/2012 • Unabridged

    Larry P. Arnn explores the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and provides a powerful call for us to rediscover the connection between these two documents, thereby restoring our political faith and reviving our free institutions. Today the integrity and unity of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are under attack by the progressive political movement. And yet, writes Larry P. Arnn, “The words of the Declaration of Independence ring across the ages. The arrangements of the Constitution have a way of organizing our actions so as to produce certain desirable results, and they have done this more reliably than any governing instrument in the history of man. Connect these arrangements to the beauty of the Declaration and one has something inspiring and commanding.” Dr. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, reveals this integral unity of the Declaration and the Constitution. Together, they form the pillars upon which the liberties and rights of the American people stand. United, they have guided history’s first self-governing nation, forming our government under certain universal and eternal principles. Unfortunately, the effort to redefine government to reflect “the changing and growing social order” has gone very far toward success. Politicians such as Franklin Roosevelt found ways to condemn and discard the Constitution and to redefine the Declaration to justify government without limit. As a result, both documents have been weakened, their influence diminished, and their meaning obscured—paving the way for the modern administrative state, unaccountable to the will of the people. The Founders’ Key is a powerful call to rediscover the connection between these two mighty documents and thereby restore our political faith and revive our free institutions.

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    The Founders’ Key

    6.0 hrs • 5/28/12 • Unabridged
  11. 1.4 hrs • 5/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Una de las líneas más citadas dentro de la historia de los Estados Unidos es el derecho que todos los hombres tienen a “la vida, la libertad, y la búsqueda de la felicidad”. Es en los documentos fundadores de los Estados Unidos de América que este país encuentra su gran espíritu. Escuche estos documentos en su totalidad traducidos al el español: La Declaración de Independencia (1776), La Constitución de Los Estados Unidos de América  (1778) y La Declaración de Derechos (1791). Con una Introducción especial por el legendario artista Sam Fink, ésta es una invaluable producción en audio para todo aquel interesado en la historia de este gran país.    [English Translation: One of the most quoted lines in the history of the United States is the right that all men have to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is in the founding documents of the United States of America that this country finds its great spirit. Listen to the documents in their entirety in Spanish translation: The Declaration of Independence (1776), The Constitution of the USA (1787), and The Bill of Rights (1791). With a special introduction by an American artistic legend, Sam Fink, this is an invaluable audio to anyone interested in the history of this great land.]

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    Los Tres Documentos que Hicieron América [The Three Documents That Made America, in Spanish] by Sam Fink
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  12. 10.9 hrs • 6/14/2011 • Unabridged

    Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation. Adapting a selection of these essential essays—pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.

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    The Original Argument

    10.9 hrs • 6/14/11 • Unabridged
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    18.0 hrs • 11/20/2010 • Unabridged

    Approved by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, the US Constitution was to become law only if ratified by nine of the thirteen states then comprising the United States. The eighty-five letters in support of the Constitution collected here have become recognized as the most important political science work ever written in the United States. Written primarily by Hamilton, assisted by Madison and Jay, these essays are considered to be the foremost commentary on the US Constitution. Today lawyers, historians, and Supreme Court Judges, along with countless others, carefully comb these letters looking for key insights ranging from their analysis of the power of congress to their arguments on behalf of judicial review. From what we can determine, ours is the only unabridged recording to date.

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    The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison

    The Federalist Papers

    18.0 hrs • 11/20/10 • Unabridged
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  14. 23.1 hrs • 11/2/2010 • Unabridged

    When the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia adjourned late in the summer of 1787, the delegates returned to their states to report on the new Constitution, which had to be ratified by specially elected conventions in at least nine states. Pauline Maier recounts the dramatic events of the ensuing debate in homes, taverns, and convention halls, drawing generously on the speeches and letters of founding fathers, both familiar and forgotten, on all sides. This is the first narrative history in decades of the ratification debate, with all its significance, and it draws on new scholarship about the ratification process. In Maier’s skillful hands, this fascinating yet often overlooked episode in the nation’s history comes to life as never before.

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    23.1 hrs • 11/2/10 • Unabridged
  15. 19.3 hrs • 5/21/2009 • Unabridged

    Plain, Honest Men is a full-scale account of the deliberations of the Founding Fathers from the opening of the Constitutional Convention on May 25, 1787, to its concluding session on September 17. Following closely the chronology of the convention, the book takes listeners behind the scenes and beyond the debates to show how the world’s most important constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and eventually fragile consensus. The Constitutional Convention affected nothing less than a revolution in the nature of the American government. Led by James Madison, a small cohort of delegates devised a plan that would radically alter the balance of power between state and national governments, and then sprung that idea on a largely unsuspecting convention. The success of this bold and brilliant strategy was, however, far from assured, and the ultimate outcome of the delegates’ labors—the creation of a frame of government that would enable the fragile American union to flourish—turned out to be very different from that which Madison had originally envisioned. In fact, there was very little agreement among the framers about the nature of the government they had just created. Audiences will come to appreciate the challenges that the Founding Fathers faced in creating a form of government that, while imperfect in many respects, nevertheless approaches, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “so near to perfection as it does.”

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    Plain, Honest Men

    19.3 hrs • 5/21/09 • Unabridged
  16. 13.3 hrs • 9/1/2008 • Unabridged

    Miracle at Philadelphia is the story of that stormy, brilliant session of 1787 in Philadelphia which saw the birth of the Constitution of the United States. Looked at straight from the records, the Federal Convention is startlingly fresh and new, as if you are actually there mingling with the delegates, hearing their arguments, and witnessing a dramatic moment in history. Here is the fascinating record of those hot, sultry summer months of debate when ideas clashed and tempers flared. Here is the country as it was then, as described by Berkshire farmers, Patrick Henry’s fringed-legginged Kentucky allies, and French and English travelers. Here, too, are the offstage voices—Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine, and John Adams from Europe—all intensely concerned with what was going on in Philadelphia.

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    Miracle at Philadelphia

    13.3 hrs • 9/1/08 • Unabridged
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