by Denise Kiernan, Joseph D’Agnese

Quirk Books, $19.95, 254 pages

Signing Their Rights Away is a remarkable book. Compiling the 39 signers of the Constitution into small biographies that easily point out the most interesting thing about each person, usually someone you’ve never heard of. Learning about this incredible document and the men who made it was an interesting, if not educational experience. It’s fascinating to learn about the Framers of this country, and how you did not know ¾ of these people existed, let alone sign one the most, if not the most important document in the history of the United States.

Kiernan and D’Agnese use short chapters and a wealth of information to keep the reader interested. The authors compare the Constitution to the Declaration, and put the document into context on where we stand with it now. They also use interesting tidbits to demonstrate how this document altered the country we live in for good.

Liz Friedman