- Hardcover: 196 pages
- Publisher: Hoover Institution Press (August 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0817946012
- ISBN-13: 978-0817946012
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert H. Bork has served as solicitor general, acting attorney general of the United States, and a United States Court of Appeals judge. He is also a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Tad and Dianne Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been a partner in a major law firm and taught constitutional law at Yale Law School, and is the author of the best-selling The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law.
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Each selected author explicates and illustrates the various ways our judicial system, and the Supreme Court in particular, have drifted away from the basic intent of the U.S. Constitution, away from what Judge Bork calls "original understanding." The need is great to implement some way to bring checks and balances to this unelected, politically-appointed board of lawyers. Some possible ways are suggested within the covers of this valuable and very readable volume.
This book is a refreshing look at how different aspects of the legal system have been taken over by the left. Refreshing, because it provides a scholarly analysis -- as opposed to a Bill O'Reily type analysis -- of the legal system and its flaws. It provides a sobering view of the consequences of the deterioration of the legal principles upon which this country was founded.
That said, this book is as lengthy as a volume from a law review. I don't mind the format too much, but since they are charging me for a book, I expect more than a couple hundred pages. For this I subtract a star. Also, much of the material is a retread of themes that have been touched upon elsewhere. With the glut of legal writing extant, a book should have something new to add.
Notwithstanding this criticism, Lino Graglia's article is indeed fresh and new (at least to my eyes). He advocates the repeal of judicial review with remarkable cogency.
Overall, it's a good book, though slightly overpriced.
The blight of judicial overreach is not a uniquely American phenomenon--it is pandemic. But it can also be a blessing, as the Rule of Law is applied to a government otherwise unconstrained. I saw no evidence of this in the few pieces I read.
So, like the new hire in the candy store, I have had my fill of stuff that I liked, and am now looking for something a bit tarter--something that will make me think.