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The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America by [Howard, Philip K.]
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Length: 258 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

Lawyer Howard's indictment of governmental bureaucracy and excessive regulations was a PW bestseller for 25 weeks.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The nuns of the Missionaries of Charity believed two abandoned buildings in New York City would make ideal homeless shelters. The city agreed and offered to sell the building for one dollar each. Yet the shelter project faltered: the city's bureaucracy imposed such expensive remodeling requirements on the buildings that the shelter plans were scrapped. To Howard, an attorney practicing in New York City, this is but one of many examples of the law's suffocating Americans by extensive decrees on what may and may not be done. His book is truly a catalog of horror stories, actually quite engrossing and adding to the story of public inefficiencies chronicled by David Osborne's Reinventing Government (Addison-Wesley, 1992). What Howard does not do as well, however, is offer guidance on remedies. His answer seems to be that we should take personal responsibility, gather up our courage, and step out into the sunlight away from government's shadow. More highly recommended as a study of the negative impact of law is Walter K. Olson's The Litigation Explosion (LJ 2/15/91) even though its focus is on lawsuits and the courts.
Jerry E. Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (May 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNUYE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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