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Publisher Description

Dear Reader,

Many people have wondered why I’ve been speaking out on controversial issues for the last few years. They say I’ve never held political office. I’m not a constitutional scholar. I’m not even a lawyer. All I can say to that is “Guilty as charged.”

It’s true that I’ve never voted for a budget America could not afford. I’ve never raised anyone’s taxes. And I’ve never promised a lobbyist anything in exchange for a donation.

Luckily, none of that really matters. Our founding fathers didn’t want a permanent governing class of professional politicians. They wanted a republic, in Lincoln’s words, "of the people, by the people, and for the people." A country where any farmer, small-business owner, manual laborer, or doctor could speak up and make a difference.

I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the U.S. Constitution. And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery.

The founders wrote it for ordinary men and women, in clear, precise, simple language. They intentionally made it short enough to read in a single sitting and to carry in your pocket.

I wrote this book to encourage every citizen to read and think about the Constitution, and to help defend it from those who misinterpret and undermine it. In our age of political correctness it’s especially important to defend the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom to speak, bear arms, practice our religion, and much more.

The Constitution isn’t history—it’s about your life in America today. And defending it is about what kind of country our children and grandchildren will inherit.

I hope you’ll enjoy learning about the fascinating ways that the founders established the greatest democracy in history—and the ways that recent presidents, congresses, and courts have threatened that democracy.

As the Preamble says, the purpose of the Constitution is to create a more perfect union. My goal is to empower you to help protect that union and secure the blessings of liberty.

Ben Carson

J.D. Jackson
hr min
October 6
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

L3FTY_31777 ,

Dont trust book reviewers that cant even spell

Just sayin'

This book is awesome and very informative, enjoyable, and entertaining. Please support Dr. Carson and read it. You will not regret reading this book. He moves beyond left/right politics and just uses common-friggin-sense and logic.

Cdooble ,

Very helpful to understanding the constitution

He very clearly and comprehensively dissects the Constitution and the reasoning and intention behind it's clauses. It was really helpful to me and gives an understanding of what makes America great.

L Swan ,


I don't think that I've ever felt dumber for reading a book before. This was a first.

This poor man is such a waste of space and oxygen, I feel bad for him.

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