Top critical review
This book should be used as only one of the sources for reading the Consitiution and Bill of Rights.
February 11, 2017
[edited from the original for clarity] I would be careful using this book as a single source to read the documents.
I suggest that it has a bias in that it mentions a “3rd Version of the Constitution” which is not a new document but the author’s statement about the current controversy concerning how the Constitution has been applied in certain decisions over the last 100 years and is therefore “not working”. It also adds a quiz to the 10th amendment asking the reader how they think the amendment should be applied. This appears to be the only amendment that has this type of opinion quiz.
The reminder of the book treats the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in a relatively straightforward manner. I can only wonder why the author decided to include this particular controversial issue in a introductory book specifically designed for “new immigrants, students just learning and people who don’t have time to learn much beyond reading the documents”. An audience who, due to their recent introduction to the documents, is likely not yet prepared to deal with this controversy.
If it was important to add this "advanced study" topic to a book designed to be an introduction to the documents then the best treatment of the controversy would be to at least introduce both sides of the issue. Since only one side of the issue was presented it does seem to show a specific bias in the controversy of how to read the Constitution in this specific situation. It does not even mention there is controversy concerning this issue.
This book also does not provide any citations to guide the reader for further study which I think is a shortcoming.
I suggest this book should be used as only one text on how to read [and understand] the US Constitution. It has some good, easy to read content for the intended audience. I think it shows a specific bias in the area mentioned above and may add a level of confusion to readers new to the Constitution. Which is why only 2 stars.