Simon and Schuster, 1987; reprinted, Madison Books, 1992.
Walter Berns’s book is must reading for every judge, law student, or member of the general public who wants to know more about our Federal Constitution. Berns concisely and clearly relates the history of the document but brings it down into modern, everyday life with an excellent discussion of the difference between “rights” and “interests” which keep getting confused by the United States Supreme Court.
Table of Contents
Constituting the People of the United States
“Jews, Turks, and Infidels”
Constituting the Government: The Convention
A More Perfect Union
The Philadelphia Convention
The Bill of Rights
The New Science of Politics
Constitutionalism and the Religions Problem
The Religious Problem
The Commerce Republic
Constitutionalism as Such
Forms and Formalities
An Independent Judiciary
The Fourteenth Amendment
Government by Judiciary
Conclusion: Quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?
Taking the Constitution Seriously