U.S. by Dr. Michael Arnheim is a fairly well-rounded and objective resource that students from all walks of life can use to get a firmer grip on this important document.
There are some personal interpretations that not all readers will agree with. However, it is still an overall great tool for understanding the history, general intent, and role of the Constitution in politics today.
U.S. not only makes understanding the easy but also helps readers make connections between the document itself and the many modern issues surrounding it.
Introduction to the History and the Context of the Constitution
After a brief introduction that educates readers on the book’s main intent, we get into the first section. This section aims to give us some historical context for the creation of the Constitution such as the and delegates such as and .
The first chapter, titled “Identifying the Main Principles and Controversies of the Constitution,” starts us off by showing the historical problems that the creation of the Constitution aimed to solve.
It goes on to introduce a few current problems that Arnheim believes the Constitution may have caused and their .
Arnheim Aims to Guide You Through the “Confusion and Controversy” That Often Follow the Constitution
Starting with the first section and continuing throughout the rest of the book, Arnheim attempts to give us a fairly objective view of the .
The main goal of the bulk of this material is to help educate modern readers on the many arguments surrounding the integrity of the in today’s world.
By reading it, then, readers will have a better understanding of these arguments, regardless of whatever side they happen to be on. Although Arnheim’s biases may come through, one can focus on the larger picture.
Understanding the Constitution and how it can be changed
This first section of the book is tied up with an extensive overview of the Constitution itself, granting you a “Bird’s-Eye View of the Constitution.”
Following this, there is a concise section detailing the many ways the Constitution’s and how it can be interpreted.
This issue is examined in both theory and practice, with the writer attempting to remain as objective as possible regarding the document’s inherent pros and cons.
Understanding How the Constitution Applies to Modern
After the first section, comprised of 5 unique chapters, Arnheim moves on to help the reader understand how the Constitution is currently applied to the .
Once again, he attempts to show the discrepancies that have occurred from the theory behind the Constitution to its practice as a tangible document.
This largely involves showing how the individual parts of the Constitution are specifically applicable to the various branches of .
The book presents a wealth of objective information that can help educate readers on some of the many modern regarding this historical document’s supposed fallibility.
Seeing How the Constitution Led to the America of Today
This book can be very useful in seeing how the Constitution’s practical application led to today’s America.
We see how the Founding Fathers‘ intentions came together to create the Constitution. Also, the construction of a document with many aspects left intentionally up to interpretation.
Through the juxtaposition of both the intent of the document and the nature of our current reality, Arnheim attempts to show us problem areas where the Constitution could theoretically be improved or an made.
Understanding How the Constitution Has Grown
Getting into the fourth section, we begin to take a look at The Bill of Rights. We look at all of the amendments that were included, as well as how they came into practice after the Constitution was put into place.
The next section shows us how the innate ability of the Constitution to be amended by the people has led to a good deal of progress in the field of .
Finally, there is a brief section detailing landmark Supreme Court cases that have changed the interpretation of the Constitution and some biographies of a few influential Supreme Court Justices in the .
Getting to Know the Author
Dr. Michael Arnheim is an international scholar with a unique view of the Constitution.
As a resident of the United Kingdom, many readers have felt that Arnheim is not qualified to educate others about the Constitution of the and its role in .
However, his unique vantage point allows readers to become educated about differing global opinions on the Constitution, which can help them hold their own in the many modern arguments surrounding .
Whether You’re a Dummy Or Not, This Is an Interesting Read
U.S. is simply another solid interpretation of a document that has inspired more interpretations than perhaps any other legal document in .
While you may or may not agree with everything that Arnheim personally puts forward, you certainly get a better understanding of all of the different points of view that have come into play.
The more educated you are on the Constitution, the better you’ll be able to form your own conclusions about how this important document should be treated.