"James Madison led the way in bringing the Philadelphia Convention into being, took the leading role in writing the Constitution, led the interstate campaign to ratify it, served as George Washington's "prime minister" in the Federal Government's first months, and insisted Congress recommend the Bill of Rights for ratification."
"This is a 1780s Virginia Federalist (not to be confused with the standard 1790s Virginia Federalist) account of American federal constitutional history. We are a long way from the Constitution that the people ratified in the 1780s, and the Supreme Court is the leading culprit. Here is an explanation."
"In this book, Harvard's late Raoul Berger -- a one-time New Deal lawyer -- recounts the process by which federal judges remade American federalism on the basis of a bogus misconstruction of the Fourteenth Amendment. What he describes comes close to a coup d'etat in favor of federal judges and against elected legislators."
"There has never been a finer insider account of the Supreme Court than this mid-'70s classic. Who can forget Justice Brennan's description of his 'Rule of Five' -- that with five votes, he could do anything? Essential reading."
"20th-century prohibitionists believed that they needed a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol; by that century's end, no one thought a constitutional amendment was needed before the federal government could assume control of the entire health-care sector of the economy. What changed in between was the death of the idea of constitutional limitations on federal power."
"This book by Thomas Jefferson's favorite constitutional thinker corrects the Marshall Court's misrepresentations of the Constitution and vindicates the truth about the Philadelphia Convention and the ratification process. A must!"
"Here we have a scholarly account of the most significant Supreme Court decision of the 20th century and its effects. This book is significant as much for what it doesn't intend to say, but says anyway, as for what it says on purpose. Very interesting."
"Gillman provides a fascinatingly non-adversarial account of the right-wing activism of the early 20th-century Supreme Court. To paraphrase Pete Townshend, the old boss (a laissez-faire Court majority) was indeed much like the current one (which allows Congress and state legislators alike to legislate in almost any way they want)."
"For decades, Supreme Court justices have been prone to substitute their own amateur philosophizing for the Constitution the people ratified in 1788. This lame little book by a current justice illustrates the tendency."
"Prof. Hamburger (U. of Chicago School of Law) here explains how we came to have today's church-state jurisprudence, and what relationship it bears to the people's intentions in ratifying the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Fascinating!"
"This is the best study of a single case ever written. The scientific, political, social, and economic context of the cases is presented in very clear, captivating detail, and the analysis of the courts' work is first-rate. A superb book!"
"Here we have a partisan memoir from the figure at the center of the most controversial Supreme Court nomination of the twentieth century. Both Bork's take on law and his personality come through with great clarity. This book is essential reading for anyone who would understand the last 40 years of nomination-related politics."
"This is an outstanding portrait of one of America's mid-twentieth-century legal eminences. Here we see his Machiavellian rise -- and Greek tragic fall. Along the way, there's a lot of info. about the political corruption (and judicial politics) of which he was a part. Outstanding!"