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Father, Son, and Constitution: How Justice Tom Clark and Attorney General Ramsey Clark Shaped American Democracy Hardcover – April 30, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 478 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070061916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700619160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The compelling story of Tom and Ramsey Clark has been hiding in plain sight for decades. It took Alex Wohl’s prodigious research to unearth it and show how, as major actors in some of the great legal struggles of twentieth century America, father and son became civil libertarians almost in spite of themselves.” --Linda Greenhouse, author of Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey

“A well-written, finely-crafted, and fascinating account of the lives and careers of two men who were linked together by blood and history. . . . A notable contribution to the political, legal, and social history of our times.”—Lawrence M. Friedman, author of A History of American Law

“Wohl guides us along the Clarks’ paths in an intelligent and perceptive manner that also casts light on the larger political affairs of the country they influenced.”—Melvin I. Urofsky, author of Louis Brandeis: A Life

“Fills a significant void in the literature on the Supreme Court and American law and politics.” --David M. O’Brien, author of Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

“Fills a significant void in the literature on the Supreme Court and American law and politics.” --David M. O’Brien, author of Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

About the Author

Alexander Wohl, a former Supreme Court Judicial Fellow and Supreme Court correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, is an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.

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By Joseph Walwik on September 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Father, Son, and Constitution by Alexander Wohl offers a timely and unique perspective on questions of how the law should be used to deal with limitations or expansions of governmental power. By examining the complex and evolving lives of Tom and Ramsey Clark, Wohl captures the spirit of how the people of the United States have redefined the relationship between individual liberties and government sponsored security. Neither Tom or Ramsey Clark can be easily judged by referring to their most famous (or infamous) actions. On the surface, the Clarks seemed to approach the law from opposite directions, Tom as an advocate of government power and Ramsey as a champion of individual rights. As Wohl deftly shows this reading of their careers misses the point that their actions sprang from a deep-rooted reverence for the Constitution. The long careers of Tom and Ramsey Clark represent the arc of legal thinking across the 20th century. Just as attitudes about governmental power and indiviudual liberites changed, so too did the thinking of the Clarks. As he guides the reader through the lives of Tom and Ramsey Clark, Wohl reminds us of the importance of understanding people in the context of their times and leaving open the possibility that indiviudual perspectives can change, even if their core principles do not. As we debate issues of law, power, and liberty today, it is valuable to look back on the lives of Tom and Ramsey Clark to remind ourselves that we can disagree on many things without uprooting our foundations. In Father, Son and Constitution Alexander Wohl has produced a book that we need to remind us of the common ground we share.
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