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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Make No Law
The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment
Written by Anthony Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73939-5 (0-679-73939-4)

The Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times columnist, and author of Gideon's Trumpet interweaves a powerful account of the landmark Sullivan Case that revolutionized First Amendment law. In 1960 a city official in Montgomery, Alabama, sued The New York Times for libel—and was awarded $500,000 by a local jury—because the paper... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bush's Law
The Remaking of American Justice
Written by Eric Lichtblau


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28054-1 (0-307-28054-3)

In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush declared that the struggle against terrorism would be nothing less than a war—a war that would require new tools and a new mind-set. As legal sanction was given to covert surveillance and interrogation tactics, internal struggles brewed over programs and policies that threatened to... Read more >
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The Dark Side
The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
Written by Jane Mayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45629-8 (0-307-45629-3)

The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76844-9 (0-679-76844-0)

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5115-3 (0-8070-5115-2)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences--as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Majesty of the Law
Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6747-0 (0-8129-6747-X)

In The Majesty of the Law, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, and ideas, O’Connor... Read more >

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Original Meanings
Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
Written by Jack N. Rakove


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78121-9 (0-679-78121-8)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

What did the U.S. Constitution originally mean, and how can we understand the intentions of its framers?  From abortion to same-sex marriage to gun control, today's most heated legal and political debates hinge on these questions. Rakove traces the complex weave of ideology and interests from which the... Read more >
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All the Laws but One
Civil Liberties in Wartime
Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76732-9 (0-679-76732-0)

In 1861, with the survival of the United States in jeopardy, Abraham Lincoln—the Great Emancipator and champion of human freedom—responded to the national threat by suspending the writ of habeas corpus, a traditional bulwark of individual liberty. Lincoln's decision reveals in stark terms a conflict inherent in the practice of American... Read more >
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Centennial Crisis
The Disputed Election of 1876
Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71321-7 (0-375-71321-2)

Near midnight on Election Day in November 1876, the returns coming into Republican National headquarters signaled a victory for the Democratic presidential candidate, Samuel J. Tilden. But alert Republican leaders saw that if all the states still doubtful or disputed went for their candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes would be elected. Word... Read more >
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The Supreme Court

Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70861-9 (0-375-70861-8)

The Supreme Court begins with the personal story of William Rehnquist's introduction to the Court as a law clerk to Justice Robert Jackson in 1952. From there it describes the Court's early evolution and function in our small, young democracy. Finally, it explains how the Court operates today.

Using biographical sketches... Read more >
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The Tyranny of Good Intentions
How Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice
Written by Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39606-8 (0-307-39606-1)

"A devastating indictment of our current system of justice and a call to arms to restore hard-earned protections of human freedom that are now routinely violated by government officials"
—Milton Friedman

"The Tyranny of Good Intentions is a bold defense of our fundamental freedoms. It demonstrates that government oppression is not a... Read more >
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The Tyrannicide Brief
The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold
Written by Geoffrey Robertson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38637-3 (0-307-38637-6)

Charles I waged civil wars that cost one in ten Englishmen their lives. But in 1649 Parliament was hard put to find a lawyer with the skill and daring to prosecute a king who claimed to be above the law. In the end, they chose the radical lawyer John Cooke, whose... Read more >
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Rights at Risk
The Limits of Liberty in Modern America
Written by David K. Shipler


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59486-0 (0-307-59486-6)

An enlightening, intensely researched examination of violations of the constitutional principles that preserve individual rights and civil liberties from courtrooms to classrooms.

With telling anecdote and detail, Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler explores the territory where the Constitution meets everyday America, where legal compromises—before and since 9/11—have undermined the criminal justice system’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Rights of the People
How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties
Written by David K. Shipler


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7928-5 (1-4000-7928-4)

An impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade—and their direct impact on our lives.

How have our rights to privacy and justice been undermined? What exactly have we lost? Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler searches for the answers to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Rights of the People
How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties
Written by David K. Shipler


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4362-0 (1-4000-4362-X)

From the best-selling author of The Working Poor, an impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade—and their direct impact on our lives.

How have our rights to privacy and justice been undermined? What exactly have we lost? Pulitzer Prize–winner... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >

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Free Speech in an Open Society

Written by Rodney A. Smolla


Format: Trade Paperback, 444 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74213-5 (0-679-74213-1)

This grand tour of First Amendment law underlines the intimate connection between free expression and democratic values as it leads us through the most treacherous and emotionally charged cases in American jurisprudence.

“Intellectually venturesome. . . .”—The New York Times Book Review

“A clear-headed guide through difficult terrain... Well-written, firm in its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Nine
Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Written by Jeffrey Toobin


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9679-4 (1-4000-9679-0)

In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at... Read more >

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The Oath
The Obama White House and The Supreme Court
Written by Jeffrey Toobin


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39071-4 (0-307-39071-3)

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama's oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has... Read more >

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The Oath
The Obama White House and The Supreme Court
Written by Jeffrey Toobin


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52720-0 (0-385-52720-9)

From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.

From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the... Read more >

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Kafka Comes to America
Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account
Written by Steven T. Wax


Format: Hardcover, 380 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-295-1 (1-59051-295-2)

Winner of the American Bar Association’s 2009 Silver Gavel Award for Books
In Kafka Comes to America, federal public defender Stephen T. Wax argues that under the Bush administration, not only have the civil rights of foreigners been in jeopardy, but also those of U.S. citizens. Wax interweaves the stories of two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Odd Clauses
Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions
Written by Jay Wexler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0089-2 (0-8070-0089-2)

An innovative, insightful, often humorous look at the Constitution’s lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh perspective on the document’s relevance today

For a variety of reasons, many of the Constitution’s more obscure passages never make it to any court and therefore never make headlines or even law school classrooms, which teach from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Odd Clauses
Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions
Written by Jay Wexler


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0090-8 (0-8070-0090-6)

An innovative, insightful, and often humorous look at the Constitution’s lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh approach to understanding our democracy.

In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive background in constitutional law to shine a much-deserved light on some of the Constitution’s lesser-known parts. For a variety of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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