Like the theses of Nietzsche and Tolstoi that the perversion of Christianity began with the Apostle Paul, the thesis here expounded suggests that the misinterpretation--even the deliberate distortion--of the American Constitution began with its earliest and strongest defenders.
We of the 1990s have the advantage of two centuries of thinking and writing in our attempts to understand the Convention of 1787. Yet we can not say with confidence that it is now understood. On a topic so thoroughly explored, on which little new evidence has come to light,1 an author may feel apologetic in adding yet another study to the list, and the reader is entitled to wonder what another book can contribute.
After a lengthy and penetrating analysis of six recent books on the____________________