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Signing Their Rights Away
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Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese are the authors of SIGNING THEIR LIVES AWAY (Quirk, 2009). Their writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Wired, Discover, and other national publications. D'Agnese's work has twice been included in the anthology Best American Science Writing. Kiernan's narrative nonfiction book THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2012. Website: joedenise.com Twitter: twitter.com/56signers Facebook: Signing Their Lives Away

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"[The authors]...maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's words) wrote the Constitution, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary. If this raises the question of how exactly the miracle was accomplished, it should at least give readers some hope for our own seemingly uninspired political era." --The Wall Street Journal

"This is both educational and entertaining."--Booklist

"Kiernan and D'Agnese, who also wrote Signing their Lives Away, have provided another volume that should appeal to all political and history buffs."--McClatchy Newspapers

"This little book is entertaining, easy to read, and above all, informative. It's a brilliant piece of work and a must-have for any history-buff's library..."--PoliticusUSA

"An extraordinarily fascinating study of America's lesser-known founding fathers alongside the more well-known ones, Signing Their Rights Away is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended contribution to public and college library shelves."--Midwest Book Review (Reviewer's Choice) "It's no secret that I love reading history and occasionally a book comes along that provides an unusual insight beyond the standard telling of a given event. Signing Their Rights Away....is a truly fascinating story that puts their achievement in perspective."--Bookviews

"Kiernan and D'Agnese make both this period and the men who pulled off this incredible achievement exciting and entertaining...This is exceptional historical reporting that is informative, enlightening, and accessible. Anyone with even a remote interest in our rich national history should purchase this highly recommended book."--Larry Cox, King Features Syndicate

"Entertainingly written."--School Library Journal, starred review

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