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The United States Constitution

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“Avoiding the didactic, the book succeeds in being both consistently entertaining and illuminating. . . A fine introduction to U.S. legal history.”  —Publishers Weekly 

“Even if his prose is bound by balloons, [Hennessey] turns out to be quite the Constitutional scholar.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell’s The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation is a sweet, quick, thoroughgoing history of the US Constitution. I’m a Canadian and most of my grounding in US Constitutional law began with Schoolhouse Rock—an engaging source to be sure, but sorely lacking in detail. Hennessey and McConnell do great work in picking up where Schoolhouse Rock ends, using a little sprinkling of humor and a lot of illustration to explain such abstractions as the three-fifths compromise, the electoral college, pocket vetoes and other critical historical and contemporary elements of constitutional law. The section on the Bill of Rights is especially good in presenting the balanced case for each amendment, debunking the cheap talking-points on both sides of each right's debate.” —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing