173 Trillion People Have Never Read the Constitution – New Book Looks to Fix That

The historically accurate and decidedly entertaining owner’s manual, The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story covers the how, what, and why of that 200-year-old parchment. New Book Offers Constitutional Edu-tainment 

The Constitution - A Revolutionary Story
The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story
Tom McHale
Tom McHale

Charleston, SC (September 7, 2017) – These days, the debate over what’s constitutional and what isn’t is a daily war of words. Most of those talking heads on TV know less about the Constitution than the chemical composition of spackle. That’s why the author, Tom McHale, wrote The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story.

This simple (and fun) owner’s manual will help readers become constitutionally astute in no time.

“Most people have never actually read the Constitution,” observes author Tom McHale. “That’s not entirely surprising because it’s not exactly enthralling reading. Full of arcane words like ‘attainder’ and ‘emoluments,’ it takes some commitment for people to digest the Constitution in its original form.”

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

That’s exactly why McHale decided to write The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story. It explains in everyday language the underlying concepts of natural rights and the real purpose of consent-based government. The book also clarifies how each of the three primary founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, work together to define the goals, theory, and mechanics of the American system.

The heart of the book is a simplified and enjoyable walk through the contents and meaning of the founding documents. Readers will have a clear understanding of what’s included in the three founding documents and each of the 17 later amendments to the Constitution.

 “Our goal was to make the Constitution so easy to understand that even a career politician can grasp it,” jokes McHale.

The Constitution - A Revolutionary Story
The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story

The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • A Brief History
  • A New Type of Government
  • Constitutional What’s and Why’s
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • How the Constitution Came to Be
  • What Does the Constitution Say?
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Later Amendments
  • The Constitution Today
  • The Original Founding Documents

The Constitution –  Revolutionary Story is available now in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon.com.

The Constitution - A Revolutionary Story
The Constitution – A Revolutionary Story


Author Tom McHale has published seven books and nearly 1,500 articles for various print and online publications. His books help to explain complicated topics in fun and easy to understand ways. He’s a committed lifelong learner and believes that ongoing education doesn’t have to be arcane or boring. There’s no reason that people can’t have a little fun while expanding their horizons.

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I wish our education system still made this a requirement. In the California school system, ancient times, to graduate from the eighth grade to enter high school you HAD to pass the U.S. Constitution TEST, 200 questions. I remember it well. Still after 45 years have my training materials. Also another book of interest to all is by Claude L. Hitchcock. “The United States Constitution in perspective”. Pricy book now days. Mine is a 1968 soft/paperback. Carried it with me forever all through my time in the military, and since. Looking forward to reading Mister McHales book. I wonder if… Read more »

Wild Bill

Actually, this is a very appropriate date for a book about our Constitution to debut. This is the anniversary of the Nathan Hale execution. He was a very educated man, served in the Connecticut militia, and had he lived he, certainly, would have been one of the founding fathers.


“My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Has anything changed since then? Maybe technology.


Some “publik skuuls” are distorting the Constitution – a colleague told me how his daughter came home with a Constitution worksheet on which the teacher had scratched out several of the “unimportant” parts of the Bill of Rights.

The Second Amendment was included – but it wasn’t alone.

He – and as it turned out, a number of other parents – had a number of separate meetings with that teacher (and the school principal) and corrected her.

(173,000,000,000,000 people have never read the Constitution – that’s technically true! ROTFL)

Wild Bill

McHale, Never seen you post here, before. Welcome to the sight, brother!

Wild Bill

Yes sir. I was just making a little light hearted humor. Love reading your articles. Have your book on order.


The Constitution, with no denigration intended, is as dry as burnt toast on an Arizona sidewalk in July. This is on my ‘to be read’ list

Michael Winkler

So, is the “173 Trillion” and “attention getter” or a “typo” ????

Wild Bill

@MW, Must be, because there have not, yet, been 173 trillion people. The important part, however, is getting more people to read the Constitution in context and maybe even a little defining case law. The more people that understand the Constitution, the less that we can be fooled by politicians and judges!

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

Or you can take Constitution 101 at Hillsdale College online. Its a great course – very simple and I highly recommend it. I have taken it myself. Go to Hillsdalecollege.edu and look for the link in the sign up for courses page.
The Constitution is a marvelous document and I firmly bear true faith and allegiance to it – evermore so after taking the course and understanding it better.

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

Amen sir! It is great because it gives you background on where the Founders drew their inspirations from. For example, people have banded together to form societies for mutual protection. The purpose of government is to protect their rights. When a government becomes abusive of those ends it is a right of the people to reassert their original rights and withdraw from that society. John Locke, Cicero, Aristotle, Francis Bacon all had ideals on what government should be. The Founders were well educated in classical philosophy and literature up to and speaking Latin and Ancient Greek.


Knowledge is power. Therefore schools today dont teach children to think and discover for themselves. They want our young people to believe only the government should have the power that knowledge provides. I will order several of Mr. McHale’s book and give them to my children to read.

James Higginbotham

i have taken several free courses from Hillsdale College, and they really know their stuff.
and especially the CONSTITUTION.
i learned more than what i THOUGHT I KNEW LOL.