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The Founding Revisited

Exploring the ratification of the U.S. Constitution


Pauline Maier’s Ratification is one of the best books ever written about the American Founding. The publication of twenty-one volumes of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the American Constitution has enabled her to tell the story of ratification in greater detail than one might have thought possible, and Maier is a masterful storyteller. Everyone interested in the Founding, American constitutional law, American politics, and the art of constitution-making ought to read this book. Novices will find a rich menu to pique their curiosity, while even the most knowledgeable constitutional scholars and historians will discover many delightful surprises.