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Tribe's American Constitutional Law, 3d (University Textbook Series) (English and English Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-1566627146 ISBN-10: 1566627141 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: University Textbook Series
  • Hardcover: 1470 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation Press; 3 edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566627141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566627146
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard University School of Law

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The fact is that this volume is extremely well-written and meticulously researched.
Margie McWilliams
In retrospect, I think that purchasing this book was probably a waste of money and that there were much better constitutional law treatises I could have bought.
Small Beer
I have purchased several Constitutional Law hornbooks and study aids, and this book by Professor Tribe easily surpasses the rest.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Chitown Reader VINE VOICE on February 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This treatise on Constitutional Law is essential to every law student. I am currently enrolled in first-year Constitutional Law course, and I open up this book at least once everyday. The information contained in the book almost always answers my question, but on the rare occasion it does not the case cites and especially the secondary legal cites are excellent. I have purchased several Constitutional Law hornbooks and study aids, and this book by Professor Tribe easily surpasses the rest. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Small Beer on June 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book before my first year of law school. I figured that reading this would help me in my constitutional law class. In retrospect, I think that purchasing this book was probably a waste of money and that there were much better constitutional law treatises I could have bought.

Perhaps the biggest problem I had with this treatise is that it is not complete. It is part one of a projected two-part treatise. This frustrated me, as more than half the topics covered in my class were not given treatment in this book. Topics not covered in this volume include: the First Amendment, Equal Protection, the Fifth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment and the Privileges and Immunities Clause.

Even the chapters in this book that overlapped with topics covered in my class were not helpful. This is largely because of Tribe's writing style. He does not devote much space to discussing individual cases. Instead he cites a case to stand for a particular proposition, and then moves on. He may cite the same case several different times, each cite being hundreds of pages apart. The result is that as much time is spent flipping through pages as is spent reading Tribe's analysis of the case in question.
Tribe's style is also very difficult to follow. At times he is prolix, writing about "construction of the constitutional architecture," and "two strands intertwined in a single, grand fabric of law and politics." At other times he covers topics in such micro-detail that one is left wondering if Tribe is showing off. One reader commented on this, saying that the book is worth purchasing for the footnotes alone. I disagree.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In this first volume of the soon to be two volume third edition, Professor Tribe does an excellent job of articulating the most prominent arguments of today, as well as an excellent analysis of all constitutional law topics. After reading any topic in this book it is hard to believe that there is more to know on that issue, but if there is, the place to find it is in the excellent citations this book has to offer. These citations alone would be reason to purchase this book.
As a law student in a first year con law class, my recommendation to every law student is to buy this book, and the second volume when it comes out, as soon as you can, you will not need another hornbook or study aid.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Tribe has a long-existing and well-deserved reputation as one of the country's great Constitutional scholars. This book is thorough, well-thought-out, and provocative. It's not a book for a beginning Constitutional Law student, but it's one that a reader can come back to over the years, over and over,with the goal of better understanding the unity and structure of the Constitutional system. The text is both comprehensive and, at the same time, confrontational: it challenges the reader, it argues, it takes strong positions, and it educates. Argue with it, let it argue with you. You'll come out of the argument with a better sense of Constitutional logic, the dynamic nature of the system of Constitutional government, and of your own views. It's a classic.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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If you have not yet had a chance to grace the doors of Harvard Law School, this is your opportunity to experience the wit and wisdom of Professor Laurence Tribe on the subject of constitutional law. The book is an invaluable addition to any federal court litigator's arsenal, and many aspects of it can usefully be referred to by law students as well. The book is especially interesting and informative with respect to the intricate and often quite creative connections it draws between constitutional provisions and doctrines that on their face do not seem particularly interrelated. The historical overviews of the development of key constitutional doctrines are especially riveting, and will likely interest individuals in a broad variety of fields.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Margie McWilliams on July 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was sad to see some reviewers here give this volume one or two stars based on some imaginary defects with the work -- ie, that this is a revisionist history of the Constitution, that Tribe is anti-natural law, or that Tribe didn't say enough about the Second Amendment (duh! he reserves discussion of that Amendment and all the other rights-creating amendments/provisions for Volume Two!). It's pretty clear that the reviewers who gave this work negative reviews didn't even crack the spine. Give me a break!
The fact is that this volume is extremely well-written and meticulously researched. Plus it's written by THE preeminent con law scholar, somebody Supreme Court justices read on a regular basis (and hear regularly at various oral arguments). If you don't agree with Tribe's conclusions on a particular issue, well, he's given you plenty of other scholarship and caselaw to go look at. I turn to this volume quite a bit in my practice to get an overview of constitutional issues. My only regret is that Volume Two is not yet available. Come on Larry!
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