Bloom, author of the best-selling The Closing of the American Mind, has brought together a group of leading constitutional scholars to discuss, in light of the crumbling of Communism and Socialism around the world, this amazingly durable American document. The authors offer both praise and criticism in looking backward to the philosophical foundations found in the writings of Rousseau, Jefferson, and The Federalist Papers and in looking forward to examine constitutional thinking from the 19th century to the present. The central question addressed is: Can this two-centuries-old document survive postconstitutional thought? Bloom presents a brilliant and balanced collection of essays. Highly recommended for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the Constitution.-- Raymond Frey, Centenary Coll., Hackettstown, N.J.