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Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law by [Cole, David]
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One of Washington Post's Notable Nonfiction Books of 2016

PRAISE FOR ENGINES OF LIBERTY:

"I don't expect to read a better account of [constitutional change] than David Cole's new book, Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law."
New York Review of Books

“[Cole's] narratives weave a compelling portrait of advocacy-driven constitutional change… the collection certainly stands apart from dense and dry legal texts in being readable, accessible and at times even gripping… a deeply hopeful book about an institution in which our hope may be dwindling.”
Washington Post

“[An] illuminating pieces of opinion journalism”
American Scholar

“[A] riveting book.”
Dorf on Law

“A convincingly argued book.”
Washington Lawyer

“Cole's book is compelling, especially in today's climate of gridlock following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.”
Kirkus Reviews (online)


“A skilled human rights practitioner unveils a characteristically thoughtful, balanced anatomy of successful constitutional advocacy."
—Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

“No one is better than David Cole at explaining how Americans can fight for civil liberties and civil rights. He is passionate yet careful, accessible yet nuanced.”
—Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School and author of For Discrimination

"David Cole is one of our most astute and perceptive constitutional commentators. His work is indispensable."
—Robert Post, Dean, Yale Law School

“David Cole's fair-minded narrative is a must read for anyone who desires to change constitutional law.”
—Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory and Director, Georgetown Center for the Constitution

Engines of Liberty illuminates the instrumental and often overlooked role of one vital engine of liberty: civil society advocates whose efforts create the political and social environment that make change possible.”
—Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First

“In Engines of Liberty, David Cole turns constitutional law on its head. With his characteristic intelligence and clarity, Cole demonstrates that the law changes from the bottom up, not the top down, and that it is citizens, not judges, who are the ultimate custodians of our nation's laws.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine

Engines of Liberty is a masterful account of how civil society organizations work, and a passionate argument for why they are so important to our democracy. My hope is that Engines of Liberty inspires a new generation of activists to rise up and launch their own campaigns for civil liberties.”
—Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

“Anyone who doubts the ability of Americans to change both policy and law should read David Cole's book. His analysis of how we go about protecting the rights of gun owners is the most accurate I have ever read. This is a must read.”
—David Keene, former president of the NRA

“In expertly demonstrating how ordinary people can make a huge difference on defining issues in our nation, David Cole has written an important, inspiring, and essential book.”
—Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

About the Author

David Cole is the the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. A leading civil liberties lawyer, he is the author of No Equal Justice and Enemy Aliens. He has written for the New York Review of Books, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, and Wall Street Journal, among others. Cole lives in Washington, DC.

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  • File Size: 1797 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0465060900
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (March 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017QL8WU0
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