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"Epstein provides an astonishingly detailed account of the reformation of the US Constitution in surprisingly few pages. He highlights every major court case that altered the original ideals of the Constitution ever so slightly, but that turned out in the end to land America drastically far from the sound political ideals with which it had begun. Using intricate logic he lays out a strong argument against the Progressives and an equally strong argument for the Old Court. For Americans, this book is a mandatory read"
"Just as we are being berated by his Chicago colleague Cass Sunstein for not completing FDR's social-democratic revolution by embracing a New Deal for speech and constitutionalizing welfare rights, here comes Richard Epstein inviting us to wonder whether the New Deal enterprise and the Progressive movement that preceeded it were not all a dreadful mistake. This is a challenging and amusing book -- Richard Epstein at the top of his game."
Charles Fried, Professor of Law, Harvard University, Former U.S. Solicitor General
"Epstein clearly explains how the Progressive prescription for curing society's shortcomings has caused untold harm to our polity. We live with their legal legacy today, which hamstrings the economy, intrudes unnecessarily into our private affairs and makes our society the most litigious on earth."
Patrick Barron, The Bulletin
Enjoyed the historical aspect of the progressive changes.
Would have liked expansion of the background of the different cases presented.
I'm not a lawyer (and don't want to be). Therefore, this book is written in language I could not easily understand. I never finished it.Published on April 23, 2010 by Windcrest Critic
This is an amazing synthesis of the history of the Judicial revolution, how and why it happened, and the major players and cases involved. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by Robert Hess
Professor Epstein hit another one out of the park with this book. He firmly and clearly gives a good, but brief overview of the time periods in which the Constitution completely... Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Edward S. Paxson
I read this book in about four hours today. I realy agree with his definision of classical liberalism that is government sets up a framework of secuity in which people gain more... Read morePublished on January 10, 2009 by Joesph M Creaney
Epstein overlooks the fact that the "Declaration of Independence," and the Constitution, were the triumph of PROGRESSIVE values over the CONSERVATIVE. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by JNagarya