The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution's Original Meaning

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$30.00  $27.90
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, lecturer, and human guinea pig whose books include Drop Dead Healthy, The Year of Living Biblically, and The Puzzler. A contributor to NPR, The New York Times, and Esquire, among other media outlets, Jacobs lives in New York City with his family.
"Hilarious and illuminating."--The New York Post

"Since The Year of Living Constitutionally is by A.J Jacobs, I knew it would be hilarious, but I was unprepared for how thoughtful and erudite it turned out to be. I don't know how I learned so much while laughing so hard. This book is more fun than a cruise on a super yacht with a Supreme Court justice, and considerably less expensive."--Andy Borowitz

"This book, written with a light heart and a gentle touch but a very big brain and a deep soul, might be just what's needed to help turn the fateful tide we confront. It's a journey that's at once hilarious and educational. Everyone should read it."--Laurence Tribe, author of The Invisible Constitution, Harvard Constitutional Law professor emeritus

"I'll be honest: This is a really funny book. A.J. sets out to be faithful to the Constitution in the most literal way possible, and hilarity ensues. But at the same time, it's deeply insightful about the promise and problems of living under a political order framed almost a quarter of a millennium ago. And--dare I say it--the book actually offers better ideas about how to improve modern constitutional democracy than most legal scholarship."--Kermit Roosevelt, University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor and author

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, should make The Year of Living Constitutionally mandatory reading. In approaching the document as a series of Odyssean tasks, Jacobs underscores the conflicts and confusions that hold it together. And, in a sense, hold us together, as a country."--Greg Young, host of popular history podcast The Bowery Boys

"In this wildly entertaining book, A.J. Jacobs tries to understand the Constitution by spending a year living like the framers. The results are so enlightening that I may add 'join a Revolutionary War reenactment army' and 'ask Congress for permission to fight pirates' to next year's constitutional law syllabus."--Jay Wexler, Boston University law professor and author