He who holds in one hand a small volume on constitutional law, written by himself, should clasp a prayerbook in the other. A work of this size, designed to introduce the peculiarly American subject, must answer for sins of omission. It is a book of structure and sample; many whole topics are omitted. In constitutional law, even the rudiments are controversial, but full qualification, with adequate statement of opposing positions, would have made a library and not a short book for the serious beginner. The labyrinth of indebtedness to others cannot be tracked; almost all the ideas herein have been repeatedly discussed by many writers. No text of the Constitution is given; it is readily available everywhere. It should be read with care and imagination before this book is read . . .
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