American Handbook Publishing this week announced the release of The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution, Revised Edition, by Dave Kluge, in iBooks format at iTunes for $9.99 per copy.
The People’s Guide includes the full text of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and the additional Amendments. Unlike other books of this kind, it does not interpret these documents. Instead, it focuses on defining their words and terms. The People’s Guide uses simple definitions, illustrations and examples.
“The average person can read my book in just a few hours and walk away with his own understanding of what these documents say, as I let the Declaration of Independence and Constitution speak for themselves. All with ‘no-spin,’”
The iTunes version of this ebook is now available in time for the Fourth of July. Kluge’
About Dave Kluge
The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution was inspired by a 1992 Presidential debate. The three Presidential candidates seemed to contradict each other on Constitutional issues and the author was shocked to realize that, even with his background as the Legal Director of a U.S.-based international software firm, he was not familiar enough with the Constitution to determine which candidates, if any, were telling the truth.
Being the independent type, Dave Kluge did not want some politician’s or scholar’s interpretation of these issues, so he set out to read the original text and clarify for himself the framers’ intent. Yet many hours later, up to his elbows in dictionaries, encyclopedias and other texts, it became clear that, while the well-educated framers made conscientious efforts to communicate exactly what they meant, some of the original meanings of the words they used over two centuries ago have been lost to modern dictionaries. Perhaps the best example of this is the word liberty, which has lost much of its original meaning today. Today “liberty” simply means freedom. Two hundred years ago, liberty also had as part of its definition the responsibility to not infringe on someone else’s liberty.
The effort that it took to source key words of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution and research their historical context in order to come to his own understanding, made Dave wonder how the average working man or woman could find time to do the same.
Writing without political bias, Dave has penned The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution with the simple goal of helping today’s Americans easily read the Constitution in its original form and thereby achieve a true understanding without the aid of interpretations.
Dave now promotes broader understanding of the Constitution through speaking engagements and seminars, creates study guides for educators and homeschoolers, and writes articles on Constitutional controversies for his blog.
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