Book Review of This Republic by Will Butts

Will Butts’s This Republic is a great book for those who want to learn about the framework of a republic. Butts defines a republic as one that is ruled by the law. One of my favorite references in the book is “laws are more likely to be obeyed [by the people who made them], which is defined as a civil liberty to self government.

One critique I have is I wish he would have underlined key terms to stand out for elementary readers. Also one of the key quotes in Chapter 5: three powers – balances and checks – are necessary for a sound government to run, or a segment will enslave the other (legislative, judicial, and executive) – refers to the Articles of Confederation. He defines each of these branches of government.

Butts reveals Greek and Latin stem words for the reader to follow and defines them, just in case a person gets lost. Butts also provides primary documentation from John Adams’s speech to the Constitution. This book is an important history lesson to people who need to know the basis of government – specifically the American government.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

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