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America's Constitution
A Biography
Written by Akhil Reed Amar


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7272-6 (0-8129-7272-4)

In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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To Begin the World Anew
The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders
Written by Bernard Bailyn


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71308-8 (0-375-71308-5)

Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard Bailyn has distilled a lifetime of study into this brilliant illumination of the ideas and world of the Founding Fathers. In five succinct essays he reveals the origins, depth, and global impact of their extraordinary creativity.

The opening essay illuminates the central importance of America’s provincialism... Read more >
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The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice
Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present
Written by Mary Frances Berry


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70746-9 (0-375-70746-8)

From the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and noted professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, a groundbreaking book that examines both civil and criminal court cases from the Civil War to the present, to reveal the impact of stereotyping--race, class, gender--on the American legal system... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
Written by Philip Bobbitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72138-7 (0-385-72138-2)

“We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true, owing to advances in international telecommunications, rapid computation, and weapons of... Read more >
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The First American
The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
Written by H.W. Brands


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49540-0 (0-385-49540-4)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

A groundbreaking scientist, leading businessman, philosopher, bestselling author, inventor, diplomat, politician, and wit, Benjamin Franklin was perhaps the most beloved and celebrated American of his age, or indeed of any age. Now, in a beautifully written and meticulously researched account of Franklin's life and times, his clever repartee, generous... Read more >
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Active Liberty
Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution
Written by Stephen Breyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27494-6 (0-307-27494-2)

A brilliant new approach to the Constitution and courts of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

For Justice Breyer, the Constitution’s primary role is to preserve and encourage what he calls “active liberty”: citizen participation in shaping government and its laws. As this book argues, promoting active liberty requires... Read more >
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Making Our Democracy Work
A Judge's View
Written by Stephen Breyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39083-7 (0-307-39083-7)

Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain... Read more >
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Undocumented
How Immigration Became Illegal
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0167-7 (0-8070-0167-8)

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores... Read more >
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Beyond the Burning Cross
A Landmark Case of Race, Censorship, and the First Amendment
Written by Edward J. Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74703-1 (0-679-74703-6)

Does our abhorrence of racism allow us to ban certain forms of speech? This is the simple yet subversive question that Edward J. Cleary posed to the U.S. Supreme Court when, in 1991, he defended a white teenager who had burned a cross on a black family's lawn in St. Paul... Read more >
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Contempt of Court
The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism
Written by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72082-3 (0-385-72082-3)

In 1906, Ed Johnson was the innocnet black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor, a white woman, and sentenced to die in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two black lawyers, not even part of the original defense, appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay... Read more >

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Girls Lean Back Everywhere
The Law of Obscenity and the Assault on Genius
Written by Edward DeGrazia


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $17.56
ISBN: 978-0-679-74341-5 (0-679-74341-3)

De Grazia, the attorney who argued and won the Tropic of Cancer case before the Supreme Court, offers a narrative history of censorship--from the jailing of Emile Zola's English publisher through the supression of Joyce's Ulysses, down to recent attempts to obstruct works by Miller, Burroughs, Nabokov, and Mapplethorpe. Read more >

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A Country With No Name
Tales from the Constitution
Written by Sebastian De Grazia


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74422-1 (0-679-74422-3)

This groundbreaking work intends nothing short of a revolution in how we think about the "American" constitution and government. In A Country with No Name, Claire St. John, a stylish and mysterious Englishwoman who is completing her university studies, spends two weeks tutoring a young American, Oliver Huggins, in American history.

St... Read more >
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The Best Defense

Written by Alan M. Dershowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1983
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71380-9 (0-394-71380-X)

The author presents his most famous, and infamous, cases and clients, and in the process, takes a critical, informed look at a legal system that he regards as deeply corrupt.

“Anyone interested in the true merits of criminal law and very fine writing must read Alan Dershowitz’s book.” –Truman Capote

“[A] marvelous... Read more >
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Life's Dominion
An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom
Written by Ronald Dworkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73319-5 (0-679-73319-1)

Examining the presence of abortion and euthanasia as two of the most deeply divisive moral issues of our time, Dworkin presents a brilliantly original view of these crucially related acts and their meaning in an ethically committed society. Life's Dominion offers as well the most complete and persuasive statement yet of... Read more >
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The Constitution of the United States of America

Illustrated by Sam Fink


Format: Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59962-082-4 (1-59962-082-0)

The Constitution of the United States of America, inscribed and illustrated by the master calligrapher, Sam Fink, brings to life the issues underlying the triumphs of this abiding document. Originally published in pen and ink in 1987, Mr. Fink has gone back to his original black-and-white art and painted it anew... Read more >

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American Documents: The Constitution

Written by Paul Finkelman


Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7922-7937-2 (0-7922-7937-9)

Includes the complete text of The Constitution.

Constitutional law expert Paul Finkelman offers readers a carefully researched and highly readable look at the document that is the blueprint of American democracy.

He begins by showing how ineffective the Confederation government was in dealing with the problems facing the newly independent republic: no uniform... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover library binding.

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Divided We Fail
The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation
Written by Sarah Garland


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0177-6 (0-8070-0177-5)

In 2007, a court case originally filed in Louisville, Kentucky, was argued before the Supreme Court and officially ended the era of school desegregation– both changing how schools across America handle race and undermining the most important civil rights cases of the last century. Of course, this wasn’t the first federal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Federalist
A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States
Written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison
Edited by Robert Scigliano


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75786-0 (0-375-75786-4)

The series of essays that comprise The Federalist constitutes one of the key texts of the American Revolution and the democratic system created in the wake of independence. Written in 1787 and 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the proposed Constitution, these papers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Cheating Justice
How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law and Plotted to Avoid Prosecution? and What We Can Do about It
Written by Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0338-1 (0-8070-0338-7)

Holtzman and Cooper reveal how the Bush-Cheney administration broke the law–and why and how the people can bring them to justice.

Deceiving Congress about the war in Iraq, illegal wire-tapping, and torture are only a few of the ways that the Bush-Cheney administration transgressed the law. Yet, they remain unindicted for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Cheating Justice
How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law and Plotted to Avoid Prosecution? and What We Can Do about It
Written by Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia Cooper


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0321-3 (0-8070-0321-2)

President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney deceived Congress and the people to drive us into a war in Iraq; they claimed the right to wiretap illegally and to eavesdrop on citizens; and they authorized torture, unilaterally upending laws and violating international treaty obligations. Yet, both Bush and Cheney are... Read more >
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The Collapse of the Common Good
How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom
Written by Philip K. Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43871-3 (0-345-43871-X)

Examining the U.S. legal system's efforts to protect individuals against unfair decisions, lawyer, author, and social commentator Philip K. Howard shows how citizens of the United States have inadvertently been stripped of much of their individual freedom. Arguing the need to reintroduce the concepts of authority and hierarchy, he reveals that... Read more >
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Let the Students Speak!
A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools
Written by David L. Hudson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4454-4 (0-8070-4454-7)

From a trusted scholar and powerful story teller, an accessible and lively history of free speech, for and about students.

Let the Students Speak! details the rich history and growth of the First Amendment in public schools, from the early nineteenth-century’s failed student free-expression claims to the development of protection for students... Read more >
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The Right to Privacy

Written by Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74434-4 (0-679-74434-7)

Can the police strip-search a woman who has been arrested for a minor traffic violation? Can a magazine publish an embarrassing photo of you without your permission? Does your boss have the right to read your email? Can a company monitor its employees' off-the-job lifestyles--and fire those who drink, smoke, or... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Simple Justice
The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3061-3 (1-4000-3061-7)

“The definitive account...of the struggle for black equality in America.” —The Nation


The 1954 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka, Kansas) brought centuries of legal segregation in this country to an end. It was and is without question... Read more >
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Gideon's Trumpet

Written by Anthony Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72312-7 (0-679-72312-9)

A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel that changed "the whole course of American legal history" (Robert F. Kennedy).

"A warm, intimate and moving account of a lowly man's case that became a Constitutional landmark." —Paul A. Freund, Harvard Law School Read more >
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