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John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
by Richard Brookhiser

Language

English

Pages

332

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.</b> <br />In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Supreme Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. <br />In <i>John Marshall</i>, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segre...
by Richard Rothstein

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

May 02, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller 鈥?Notable Book of the Year 鈥?Editors' Choice Selection<br /><br />One of Bill Gates鈥?鈥淎mazing Books鈥?of the Year<br /><br />One of <em>Publishers Weekly</em>鈥檚 10 Best Books of the Year<br /><br />Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction<br /><br />An NPR Best Book of the Year<br /><br />Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction<br /><br />Gold Winner 鈥?California Book Award (Nonfiction)<br /><br />Finalist 鈥?<em>Los Angeles Times</em> Book Prize (History)<br /><br />Finalist 鈥?Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize</strong></p><br /><p><strong>This 鈥減owerful and disturbing history鈥?exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (<em>New York Times Book Review</em>).</strong></p><br /><p><strong>聽</strong></p><br />Widely heralded as a 鈥渕asterful鈥?(<em>Washington Post</em>) and 鈥渆ssential鈥?(<em>Slate</em>) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein鈥檚 <em>The Color of Law</em> offers 鈥渢he most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation鈥?(William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, 鈥渧irtually indispensable鈥?study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (<em>Chicago Daily Observer</em>), <em>The Color of Law</em> forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.
To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
by , Joshua Matz

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>As Congress begins an impeachment inquiry against</b><b> President Trump, read the definitive book on presidential impeachment and how it should be used today.</b><i><br /></i>Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against an out-of-control executive. But it is also a perilous and traumatic undertaking for the nation. In this authoritative examination, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz rise above the daily clamor to illuminate impeachment's proper role in our age of broken politics.<br /><i>To End a Presidency </i>is an essential book for anyone seeking to understand how this fearsome power should be deployed.<br />
Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares (A Memoir)
by Aarti Namdev Shahani

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English

Pages

245

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><b><i>Here We Are </i>is a heart-wrenching memoir about an immigrant family's American Dream, the justice system that took it away, and the daughter who fought to get it back, from NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani.</b><br /><b></b><br />The Shahanis came to Queens鈥攆rom India, by way of Casablanca鈥攊n the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few unsteady years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they'd made it. This is the story of how they did, and didn't; the unforeseen obstacles that propelled them into years of disillusionment and heartbreak; and the strength of a family determined to stay together. </p><p><i>Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares</i> follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at one of Manhattan's most elite prep schools, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali drug cartel. Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our country, even within a single family, and a truth about immigrants that gets lost in the headlines. It isn鈥檛 a matter of good or evil; it's complicated.</p><p>Ultimately, <i>Here We Are</i> is a coming-of-age story, a love letter from an outspoken modern daughter to her soft-spoken Old World father. She never expected they'd become best friends.</p>
The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Gen...
by Daniel Okrent

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English

Pages

497

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>鈥淎n extraordinary book, I can鈥檛 recommend it highly enough.鈥?鈥揥hoopi Goldberg, <i>The View</i></b><br /> <br /><b>By the widely celebrated <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Last Call</i>鈥攖he powerful, definitive, and timely account of how the rise of eugenics helped America close the immigration door to 鈥渋nferiors鈥?in the 1920s.</b><br /><br />A forgotten, dark chapter of American history with implications for the current day, <i>The Guarded Gate </i>tells the story of the scientists who argued that certain nationalities were inherently inferior, providing the intellectual justification for the harshest immigration law in American history. Brandished by the upper class Bostonians and New Yorkers鈥攎any of them progressives鈥攚ho led the anti-immigration movement, the eugenic arguments helped keep hundreds of thousands of Jews, Italians, and other unwanted groups out of the US for more than 40 years.<br /> <br />Over five years in the writing, <i>The Guarded Gate </i>tells the complete story from its beginning in 1895, when Henry Cabot Lodge and other Boston Brahmins launched their anti-immigrant campaign. In 1921, Vice President Calvin Coolidge declared that 鈥渂iological laws鈥?had proven the inferiority of southern and eastern Europeans; the restrictive law was enacted three years later. In his characteristic style, both lively and authoritative, Okrent brings to life the rich cast of characters from this time, including Lodge鈥檚 closest friend, Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Darwin鈥檚 first cousin, Francis Galton, the idiosyncratic polymath who gave life to eugenics; the fabulously wealthy and profoundly bigoted Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and his best friend, H. Fairfield Osborn, director of the American Museum of Natural History; Margaret Sanger, who saw eugenics as a sensible adjunct to her birth control campaign; and Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A work of history relevant for today, <i>The Guarded Gate</i> is an important, insightful tale that painstakingly connects the American eugenicists to the rise of Nazism, and shows how their beliefs found fertile soil in the minds of citizens and leaders both here and abroad.
Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and ...
by Preet Bharara

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English

Pages

333

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b>By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth and justice in our daily lives and within our society.</b><br /><br />Preet Bharara has spent much of his life examining our legal system, pushing to make it better, and prosecuting those looking to subvert it. Bharara believes in our system and knows it must be protected, but to do so, we must also acknowledge and allow for flaws in the system and in human nature.<br />聽聽聽聽 The book is divided into four sections: Inquiry, Accusation, Judgment and Punishment. He shows why each step of this process is crucial to the legal system, but he also shows how we all need to think about each stage of the process to achieve truth and justice in our daily lives.<br />聽聽聽聽 Bharara uses anecdotes and case histories from his legal career--the successes as well as the failures--to illustrate the realities of the legal system, and the consequences of taking action (and in some cases, not taking action, which can be just as essential when trying to achieve a just result). <br />聽聽聽聽 Much of what Bharara discusses is inspiring--it gives us hope that rational and objective fact-based thinking, combined with compassion, can truly lead us on a path toward truth and justice. Some of what he writes about will be controversial and cause much discussion. Ultimately, it is a thought-provoking, entertaining book about the need to find the humanity in our legal system--and in our society.
Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas
by Stephen Budiansky

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English

Pages

587

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<p><strong>The extraordinary story of the U.S. Supreme Court鈥檚 most influential justice.</strong></p><br /><p>Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball鈥檚 Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity.</p><br /><p>Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court鈥檚 reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms.</p><br /><p>As a pioneering legal scholar, Holmes revolutionized the understanding of common law by showing how the law always evolved to meet the changing needs of society. As an enthusiastic friend and indefatigable correspondent, he wrote thousands of personal letters brimming with humorous philosophical insights, trenchant comments on the current scene, and an abiding joy in fighting the good fight.</p><br /><p>Drawing on many previously unpublished letters and records, Stephen Budiansky鈥檚 definitive biography offers the fullest portrait yet of this pivotal American figure, whose zest for life, wit, and intellect left a profound legacy in law and Constitutional rights, and who was an inspiring example of how to lead a meaningful life in a world of uncertainty and upheaval.</p>
This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for a New Commonwealth
by Jedediah Purdy

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English

Pages

191

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b>From one of our finest writers and leading environmental thinkers, a powerful book about how the land we share divides us鈥攁nd how it could unite us</b></p><p>Today, we are at a turning point as we face ecological and political crises that are rooted in conflicts over the land itself. But these problems can be solved if we draw on elements of our tradition that move us toward a new commonwealth鈥攁 community founded on the well-being of all people and the natural world. In this brief, powerful, timely, and hopeful book, Jedediah Purdy, one of our finest writers and leading environmental thinkers, explores how we might begin to heal our fractured and contentious relationship with the land and with each other.</p><p>From the coalfields of Appalachia and the tobacco fields of the Carolinas to the public lands of the West, Purdy shows how the land has always united and divided Americans, holding us in common projects and fates but also separating us into insiders and outsiders, owners and dependents, workers and bosses. Expropriated from Native Americans and transformed by slave labor, the same land that represents a history of racism and exploitation could, in the face of environmental catastrophe, bind us together in relationships of reciprocity and mutual responsibility.</p><p>This may seem idealistic in our polarized time, but we are at a historical fork in the road, and if we do not make efforts now to move toward a commonwealth, Purdy warns, environmental and political pressures will create harsher and crueler conflicts鈥攂etween citizens, between countries, and between humans and the rest of the world.</p>
Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England
by Tom Lambert

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English

Pages

406

Publication Date

February 23, 2017

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Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England explores English legal culture and practice across the Anglo-Saxon period, beginning with the essentially pre-Christian laws enshrined in writing by King 脝thelberht of Kent in c. 600 and working forward to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It attempts to escape the traditional retrospective assumptions of legal history, focused on the late twelfth-century Common Law, and to establish a new interpretative framework for<br />the subject, more sensitive to contemporary cultural assumptions and practical realities.<br /><br />The focus of the volume is on the maintenance of order: what constituted good order; what forms of wrongdoing were threatening to it; what roles kings, lords, communities, and individuals were expected to play in maintaining it; and how that worked in practice. Its core argument is that the Anglo-Saxons had a coherent, stable, and enduring legal order that lacks modern analogies: it was neither state-like nor stateless, and needs to be understood on its own terms rather than as a variant or<br />hybrid of these models. Tom Lambert elucidates a distinctively early medieval understanding of the tension between the interests of individuals and communities, and a vision of how that tension ought to be managed that, strikingly, treats strongly libertarian and communitarian features as complementary.<br />Potentially violent, honour-focused feuding was an integral aspect of legitimate legal practice throughout the period, but so too was fearsome punishment for forms of wrongdoing judged socially threatening. Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England charts the development of kings' involvement in law, in terms both of their authority to legislate and their ability to influence local practice, presenting a picture of increasingly ambitious and effective royal legal innovation that relied more<br />on the cooperation of local communal assemblies than kings' sparse and patchy network of administrative officials.
Security Law and Methods
by James Pastor

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English

Pages

632

Publication Date

October 17, 2006

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<i> Security Law and Methods </i> examines suggested security methods designed to diminish or negate the consequence of crime and misconduct, and is an attempt to understand both the legal exposures related to crime and the security methods designed to prevent crime. The clear and concise writing of this groundbreaking work, as well as its insightful analysis of specific cases, explains crime prevention methods in light of legal and security principles. <br /><br />Divided into five parts, <i> Security Law and Methods </i> discusses the topics of premises liability and negligence, intentional torts and claims, agency and contract based claims, legal authority and liability, and the subject of terrorism. It also offers an evocative look at security issues that may arise in the future. The book serves as a comprehensive and insightful treatment of security, and is an invaluable addition to the current literature on security and the law.<ul><li>Contains clear explanations of complicated legal concepts</li><li>Includes case excerpts, summaries, and discussion questions</li><li>Suggests additional research and relevant cases for further study</li></ul>

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