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Starred Review. Boston University law professor Wexler is also a published humorist. This felicitous combination of talents is put to good use as he visits the towns and cities where the always controversial cases concerning separation of church and state arise. WexlerÖs lucid explications of difficult constitutional concepts and the vagaries of Supreme Court rulings are superb, providing readers a deeper understanding of the First Amendment and Supreme Court jurisprudence. But thatÖs only half the story. Wexler is laugh-out-loud funny as he narrates his odyssey through battleground sites from rural Wisconsin through Texas to the chambers of the U.S. Senate. Along the way he happily and with a usually generous spirit skewers Supreme Court justices, legislators, educators, law school professors and pretty much anyone else, including himself, who has ever taken a position on the enduring American controversies surrounding prayer in schools, religious displays on public property, or the teaching of evolution. This is a rare treat, a combination of thoughtful analysis and quirky humor that illuminates an issue that rarely elicits a laugh—and that is central to the American body politic. (June)
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I've read a lot of entertaining travelogues and informative studies of Supreme Court cases, but never at the same time. Think Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation meets Peter Irons' The Courage of Their Convictions. Thank God for Holy Hullabaloos.—Pamela Karlan, founding director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford University
"Religion and politics are the two things we are not supposed to talk about. Jay Wexler does—with deadpan humor. We need to tone down the anger over these issues, and he shows the way."—Alan Wolfe, author of Does American Democracy Still Work?
"The sharpest, the most insightful, the most side-splittingly funny book on law since—Supreme Courtship!" —Christopher Buckley, author of Supreme Courtship and Thank You For Smoking
"A fascinating and frequently funny journey through many of the sites of the greatest church and state squabbles in modern American history."—Barry Lynn, author of Piety & Politics
The book is about various church-state separation legal cases and he makes them surprisingly interesting and entertaining reading. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by ollb
This was an entertaining book that presents readers with a bird's-eye view of how law and religion have clashed in American jurisprudence. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Trey Morris
This book takes complex court cases involving religions vs the state and breaks them down into something easy to understand. Along the way, the author is quite amusing. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Sniffly Kitty
"You can't tell a book by its cover" is Holy Hullabaloos times 10. Jay Wexler, a law professor with an unusual talent for making the complicated understandable, has taken a loaded... Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Robert Hall
My friend, Jay Wexler, offers a humorous and insightful account of the intersecting worlds of church and state.
He recounts our 2005 debate at Harvard Law School. Read more
I don't read much, but I absolutely loved this book. It was extremely informative, yet funny enough that I was actually laughing out loud at moments. Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by A Nonymous
There's not much else I can add to what's already been said - this is a smart and funny book that brings tremendous clarity to an area of the First Amendment that is often opaque. Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by Mark Coen
Holy Hullabaloos is a book on the personal side of the famous church-state court cases. In the book, law professor Jay Wexler tours the country and visits both the people and the... Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by stoic
As a disclaimer, I met Jay Wexler at a conference a few years ago and had been waiting for this book to come out since he first told me about it. Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by A. Rowe