Signing Their Rights Away

Signing Their Rights Away

By Denise Kiernan; Joseph D'Agnese

Quirk Books, Hardcover, 9781594745201, 254pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Unfold Book Jacket for a Full-Color Reproduction of the U.S. Constitution
With their book "Signing Their Lives Away, " Denise Kiernan and Joseph D Agnese introduced readers to the 56 statesmen (and occasional scoundrels ) who signed the Declaration of Independence. Now they ve turned their attention to the 39 men who met in the summer of 1787 and put their names to the U.S. Constitution.
Signing Their Rights Away" chronicles a moment in American history when our elected officials knew how to compromise and put aside personal gain for the greater good of the nation. These men were just as quirky and flawed as the elected officials we have today: Hugh Williamson believed in aliens, Robert Morris went to prison, Jonathan Dayton stole $18,000 from Congress, and Thomas Mifflin was ruined by alcohol. Yet somehow these imperfect men managed to craft the world's most perfect Constitution. With 39 mini-biographies and a reversible dust jacket that
unfolds into a poster of the original document, "Signing Their Rights Away" offers an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.

About the Author
Denise Kiernan is the author of Signing Their Lives Away and Signing their Rights Away. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Discover, Ms., and other national publications.

Joseph D Agnese is a writer and journalist who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Though he writes about the Middle Ages, he considers himself a Renaissance man. He is the author of "Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci".