Basic American Government
by Clarence B. Carson
A constitutionally oriented book which includes a valuable and lengthy one chapter description of the nature our government, followed by a history of its founding principles, tracing them from the ancient Hebrews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Medieval and reformation background, and the British sources. From there it goes to description of the making of our national and state constitutions, the 19th century development, and 20th century departures. The tone of the book is set in these opening observations:
It would be a considerable fraud to do a book on American government which talked as if the Constitution were still being substantially observed, that pretended that when Presidents took the oath of office they intended to observe the bounds set by Constitution, that Congressmen recited their pledges with the same intent, and that federal judges were still construing the Constitution as it was written. In sum, any book on American government ought to make clear how remote from the Constitution the government has become.
Basic American Government is a cloth-bound book of 600 pages which sells for $40.00. It is a worthy companion to A BASIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES.