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American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own Hardcover – March 31, 2011
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the specific. While he covers a wide variety of aspects and things in
property law, he preserves some threads from one chapter to another,
such as the notion that property is defined by the goals of litigants
and governments. There are many useful accounts of familiar incidents
in American law, such as the "Right to Privacy" article by Warren and
Brandeis. (Read the book to find out how privacy evolved into a
property right.) But even more valuable are the histories of epochal
shifts through court cases that are little known among the general
public. I found Banner to be generally fair to all sides. It is
probably a tribute to say that he does not establish easy choices, but
shows the dilemmas inherent in almost any legal decision.
Don't buy the Kindle version. The references aren't linked (they just appear as plain superscript numbers), the font is bad and unchangeable (but this can be changed by stripping the DRM, which I did to make the book readable), the index isn't linked, and where there should be images it just shows "[to view this image, please refer to the print version of this title]."