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    Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush
    (Crown Forum, 2008-01-01T00:00:00-08:00) Gutzman, Kevin
    From Amazon: The fact is that government officials long ago rejected the idea that the Constitution possesses a fixed meaning limiting the U.S. government's power. Going right to the scenes of the crimes, bestselling authors Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman dissect twelve of the most egregious assaults on the Constitution.
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    The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution
    (Regnery Publishing, 2007-01-01T00:00:00-08:00) Gutzman, Kevin
    Table of Contents: What made the Constitution: revolution and confederation, Federalism vs. Nationalism at the Philadelphia convention, Selling the Constitution, Judges: Power-hungry from the beginning, The imperial judiciary: it started with Marshall, Undoing Marshall and undoing the Union, The war for Southern independence as a constitutional crisis, The pro-segregation Supreme Court, The court vs. FDR, The grand wizard's imperial court, The court on pornography, crime, and race, The court's brave new world: from affirmative action to sodomy
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    Virginia's American Revolution : from dominion to republic, 1776-1840
    (Lanham : Lexington Books, 2007-01-01T00:00:00-08:00) Gutzman, Kevin
    Table of Contents: Establishing a Republic, Implementing the Revolution, 1776-1788, The Virginia Ratification Convention of 1788, Defending Virginia's Revolution against the Federalists, "May all your dreams come true," "Like dust and ashes," Conclusion: The Road from Southampton.
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    Politically Incorrect Guide To The Constitution
    (Regnery Publishing, 2007-07-11T00:00:00-07:00) Gutzman, Kevin
    In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, readers will follow the Supreme Court as it uses the Constitution as a fig leaf to cover its blatant seizing of the people's right to govern themselves through elections. Gutzman unveils the radical inconsistency between constitutional law and the rule of law, and shows why and how the Supreme Court should be reined in to the proper role assigned to it by the Founders.
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    James Madison and the Making of America
    (St. Martin's Press, 2012-02-12T00:00:00-08:00) Gutzman, Kevin
    In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seen -- as "The Father of the Constitution" -- to find a more complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today's United States. Instead of an idealized portrait of Madison, Gutzman treats readers to the flesh-and-blood story of a man who often performed his founding deeds in spite of himself: Madison's fame rests on his participation in the writing of The Federalist Papers and his role in drafting the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Today, his contribution to those documents is largely misunderstood. He thought that the Bill of Rights was unnecessary and insisted that it not be included in the Constitution, a document he found entirely inadequate and predicted would soon fail. Madison helped to create the first American political party, the first party to call itself "Republican," but only after he had argued that political parties, in general, were harmful. Madison served as Secretary of State and then as President during the early years of the United States and the War of 1812; however, the American foreign policy he implemented in 1801-1817 ultimately resulted in the British burning down the Capitol and the White House. In so many ways, the contradictions both in Madison's thinking and in the way he governed foreshadowed the conflicted state of our Union now. His greatest legacy "the disestablishment of Virginia's state church and adoption of the libertarian Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom” is often omitted from discussion of his career. Yet, understanding the way in which Madison saw the relationship between the church and state is key to understanding the real man. Kevin Gutzman's James Madison and the Making of America promises to become the standard biography of our fourth President.