America for Dummies
has a few pointers for the rest of the world on how to cope with Americans, since it doesn't look like we're going away any time soon. His section on our reverence for the Constitution is worth reading, if you're not yet part of the family. When the International Court of Justice was being discussed, many US commentators objected that some of its provisions violated Constitutional guarantees of due process (small matters of double jeopardy, self-incrimination, ex post facto law, trial by jury, unreasonable search and seizure, etc.). When its advocates suggested that we simply amend the Constitution to bring it into line with international standards, there was a national gasp that caused onshore breezes all along our shores.