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  • Series: American Ideals & Institutions
  • Hardcover: 750 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st Edition edition (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933859687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933859682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert H. Bork is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline and The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law, and several other books, including Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges. A Distinguished Fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Tad and Diane Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Bork served as the United States Solicitor General from 1973 to 1977 and as Circuit Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1982 to 1988.

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This becomes very clear when reading his writings.
Bill H
The section also includes his judicial opinions for Dronenburg v. Zech, Ollman v. Evans & Novak, and Lebron v. Washington Metro Area Transit Authority.
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This belongs in the library of anyone even remotely interested in the law.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wolf on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This hefty tome (715 pages) brings together essays and legal opinions written by Bork over a period of 45 years. It will undoubtedly help to seal Bork's standing as one of our era's foremost commentators on law and culture--particularly the struggle to preserve Western culture against its postmodern detractors.

Bork identifies one of the foundations of the postmodern attack as the uneasy alliance of individualism and egalitarianism. As he writes in his essay "Hard Truths About the Culture War" (1995):

"Individualism and egalitarianism may seem an odd pair, since liberty in any degree produces inequality, while equality of outcomes requires coercion that destroys liberty. If they are to operate simultaneously ... [they] must operate in different areas of life, and that is precisely what we see in today's culture. Radical egalitarianism advances, on the one hand, in areas of life and society where superior achievement is possible and would be rewarded but for coerced equality: quotas, affirmative action, income redistribution through progressive taxation for some, entitlement programs for others, and the tyranny of political correctness spreading through universities, primary and secondary schools, government, and even the private sector.

Radical individualism, on the other hand, is demanded when there is no danger that achievement will produce inequality and people wish to be unhindered in the pursuit of pleasure. This finds expression particularly in the areas of sexuality and violence, and their vicarious enjoyment in popular entertainment."

The union of radical individualism and radical egalitarianism have succeeded handsomely, says Bork, in eroding the foundations of our society. Authority is absent where it should be present, and vice-versa.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A Time to Speak is a terrific book. Anyone interested in constitutional law should immediately pick this up. Judge Bork engages in profound, fascinating discussions with other brilliant legal minds on natural law, the meaning of Constitutional provisions and amendments, the independent counsel act, antitrust law, and other very important issues. I should point out that the five stars I have given A Time to Speak does not mean I agree with Bork on every issue; I disagree with him on gay marriage and the minimum wage, for example. But I do strongly agree with his main argument: that the Constitution should be interpreted according to the original intentions of the people who wrote it. He opposes the doctrine of "the living Constitution," which changes according to the whims of judges. His main complaint is that since the early 1900s, the Supreme Court has invented rights that do not exist in the Constitution, starting with Lochner in the early 1900s up until the present time. He is--too put it mildly--not much of a fan of Roe v.Wade.

I respect Judge Bork's intellectual honesty even more after reading this book. He often reprimands fellow conservatives for judicial overreaching, and has the independence of mind to break with other conservatives' knee-jerk opposition to antitrust lawsuits. A Time to Speak is an indispensable book, not just for lawyers but for anyone who wants to better understand Constitutional law.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By George Bianchi on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In "A Time to Speak" Judge Bork includes some of his most insightful, controversial and original articles, decisions, arguments and essays that span over half a century as a public intellectual. From his writings that revolutionized thinking about antitrust law to his defense of original intent against political judging, this book is a treat for those who have long admired or are just discovering Judge Bork. Perhaps we would all be better off if you bought a copy for yourself and sent four more to Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Souter and Stevens.
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I still carry a sense of loss that Robert Bork was denied a seat on the Supreme Court. The machinations by Ted Kennedy and others were reprehensible and constituted such a shameless manipulation of the nomination process that subsequent nominees to various posts who have suffered from the same techniques are said to have been "Borked". Having a word coined out of your name is a kind of immortality, but many of us would have preferred to have his name attached to key precedents to help protect our Constitution from the depredations of those who tear it to pieces to support their own social agenda and justify their whims-based-policies as supporting a "living Constitution". This is a fiction to sustain a terrible lie that continues to damage our country.

Have you enjoyed Robert Bork's other books? I have. His writing is clear, well thought out, and often humorous. The nice part of reading clear thinking is that you can actually understand the author's argument and can figure out why you agree or disagree with him. This book collects key legal briefs, transcripts of oral arguments, and articles that Bork has written over his career. They are all quite interesting and even if you think that reading a legal brief would be too tedious for words, let me assure you that Bork's writing is very much worth reading and should stand as a gleaming model for other legal authors to follow.

This book is divided into six parts of varying length.

Part I is the largest and consists of Bork's work and thinking on Constitutional Law. You get to enjoy his work on the death penalty in Gregg v.
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