The latest book from Olson (The Excuse Factory) is part historical overview and part cutting-edge commentary examining corporate case studies and public and tort law with a sharp analysis of the academic system and the internal and external forces shaping its agenda. Law schools mould the future leaders of America, shaping the nation and influencing consensus. Recent legal scholars have infiltrated politics, journalism, and broadcasting, claiming greater authority and creating potentially serious social repercussions. The author explores perceived political bias at Harvard and Yale, their dependence on "left-tilting philanthropy," and the tendency of professors to permeate the curriculum with their own values. Additionally, Olson argues, the commercialization of American universities creates markets of intellectual property and a culture of one-upmanship. Often with tongue firmly in-cheek, Olson addresses the "American disease" of dubious injury claims and product liability lawsuits, the ever-spurious "recovered memory" litigation, and other legal precedents. This hard-hitting, witty account reveals the effect of law on the individual and the collective and astutely forecasts the future of law reform, in the academy, in politics, and across the globe.
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Maybe Shakespeare was right, "first kill all the lawyers" but unfortunately that is not an option.
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Upon opening this excellent book, I soon found that I couldn't put it down. Overall, this is an outstanding document showcasing the ideological corruption of our law schools and... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Bernard Chapin
I read this book, then saw the author speak on CSPAN at The Heritage Foundation.
I rate if FAIL (1 star) for good reason. Read more
This is another attempt for a prejudiced person to attempt to polarize the population into "left" and "right" people. WE ARE ALL "AMERICANS" OR AT LEAST "NORTH AMERICANS". Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by John Boland
The author writes in a balanced and often witty manner about law schools and their effect on US Law - and thus on all Americans.