Fault Lines in the Constitution Rev

Fault Lines in the Constitution (Revised):
The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today

by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

Much of the political turmoil of today can be traced back to the the beginning of the U.S. Constitution. The importance of this historic yet unchanging document continues to grow along with its repercussions. The authors of the Constitution did not anticipate the issues the United States would face today, and so the document must be interpreted within the confines of the year in which it was written.

In their revised edition of Fault Lines in the Constitution, husband-and-wife team Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss some of the most important factors affecting our country today—then they offer possible solutions. With two new chapters on presidential pardons and the executive power to hire and fire government officials, the co-authors discuss some of the more controversial issues characterizing today’s political climate and what they mean for the future of this country and the Constitution. Hear from the Levinsons about all the updates for this revised edition in this blog post.

Co-authors Cynthia and Sanford Levinson encourage the continued discussion and debate of contemporary issues among readers of all ages. Join the conversation surrounding the continual and consistent repercussions we are experiencing from the Constitution today on the Fault Lines in the Constitution blog.

Check out the discussion guide and author Q&A for further reading.


“It’s an excellent introduction to the strengths and weaknesses of our founding document and is especially enlightening for those who don’t yet understand how our government is supposed to work.” —Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times

“This provocative and fascinating book brought the Constitution to life for me and made me question my deepest assumptions about our country. The questions it raises became an essential part of the debate in my play What the Constitution Means to Me, and I wish every student in America would read it.” —Heidi Schreck, playwright & creator of Pulitzer Prize finalist What the Constitution Means to Me

“A fascinating, thoughtful, and provocative look at what in the Constitution keeps the United States from being ‘a more perfect union.’” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Insightful… Essential for class discussions, debate teams, and reports.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“Lately there’s been dismay that civics, government, and history have taken a backseat in classrooms. This smartly conceived book goes a long way toward reintroducing students to those subjects….” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW  

“Thought-provoking and exceptionally topical…” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW


Look for the revised edition of Fault Lines in the Constitution at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes& Noble this August.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our new Fall 2019 titles and those coming to Peachtree in paperback.