Books with Substantial Article V Content
Over the years numerous books have been written about the Constitution with varying emphasis on Article V. Many of them that appear to be authoritative are actually less than scholarly. The books below can be recommended as well-researched. The first five are the most recent and valuable.
If there is to be just one book in your library about Article V, it must be the following one. The author was originally an avowed opponent of the use of Article V. His considerable research led him to a total turnaround. This comprehensive 850-page book of facts about the history, rules and procedures related to Article V is thoroughly documented, yet not exclusively academic. A “State Legislators’ 15-Minute Executive Summary” at the beginning provides an excellent overview of the entire Amendment Convention process.
Far From Unworkable – 2017 – by Timothy Dake – Sub-titled “The Fears, Facts, FAQs and Court Findings Relating to the Constitution’s Provision for an Article V Amendatory Convention.” It is available HERE.
The following two publications, written primarily for state legislators, provide overviews of the Article V process.
ALEC Article V Handbook – produced by the American Legislative Exchange Council
Convention of the States Handbook – produced by Convention of States Project.
Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think – 2017 – by Colorado Congressman Ken Buck. The Congressman reveals the lavish parties…. committee chairmanships for sale… pay-to-play corruption… backroom arm-twisting… and votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder. He says the only way to fix Washington is to use Article V, starting with a Balanced Budget Amendment, and then term limits. The book is available HERE.
Smashing the DC Monoply – 2017 – by Former US Senator Tom Coburn (OK). The book chronicles Coburn’s very active involvement in the Convention of States Project. Coburn entered Congress with the hope of finding better controls on the federal government… believing that without finding and implementing them America was doomed. This book is about Coburn’s quest. After studying alternative concepts he concluded that Article V held the key… the only key to getting the federal government under control.
Can the US Debt Growth Be Stopped? – March 2016 – by Dr. Barry W. Poulson and John D. Merrifield. In this book the two respected economists examine how OEDC countries (particularly Switzerland and Sweden) responded to debt build-up during and after the great recession. Their extensive studies have led the authors to identify fundamental changes that they recommend in US budget processes to get America on a path toward reduced national debt. It is also available HERE.
The following book, written by a respected Constitutional scholar, is an excellent overview of the entire Constitution. Chapter 12 deals explicitly with Article V.
The Original Constitution – What it Actually Said and Meant – 2011 – by Rob Natelson. It is available HERE.
The Liberty Amendments – May 2014 – by Mark R. Levin. It is available HERE.
Originalism and the Good Constitution – November 2013 – by John O. McGinnis and Michael B. Rappaport. It is available HERE.
Perfecting the Constitution – The Case for the Article V Amendment Process – 2013 – by Patrick Guerra. It is available HERE.
Balance – The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America – 2013 – by Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane. It is available HERE.
10 Amendments for Freedom – 2010 – by William Fruth. It is available HERE.
Setting Limits – 1989 – by Lewis K. Uhler. It is available HERE.
Unfounded Fears – Myths and Realities of a Constitutional Convention – 1989 – by Paul J. Weber and Barbara A. Perry. It is available HERE.
Constitutional Brinkmanship: Amending the Constitution by National Convention – 1988 – by – Russell L. Caplan. It is available HERE.