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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 10, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300021194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300021196
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2009
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I remember Alexander Bickel's "The Morality of Consent" from the mid-1970s when it had just been published and I had just began the practice of law. I was excited to walk from my home on Capitol Hill to a bookstore about one-half mile away to purchase the book and read what Bickel had to say. I have visited the book several times in the intervening years and recently turned to it again as a lawyer who is approaching retirement. The book read differently to me now than it did then. Some of the specifics of the book may show their age. But this book remains a classic of American legal thought. Reading it again reminded me of what I found valuable in the law over the years.

Alexander Bickel (1924 -- 1974) came to the United States as an immigrant at the age of 14 with his Roumanian Jewish parents. He served in the Army during WW II, graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, and taught at Yale Law School for many years. As a thinker, Bickel was rare and independent. He was a political liberal who supported Robert Kennedy's campaign for the presidency in 1968, and a judicial conservative. Bickel was a critic of what he deemed the judicial activism of the Warren Court; he also criticized the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which was recent when this book appeared. Bickel was a great admirer of Edmund Burke. Indeed, besides wanting to revisit Bickel for himself, I was prompted to reread this book again by several reviews and comments here on Amazon of late on Burke's "Reflections" and the work of his great opponent, Thomas Paine's, "The Rights of Man".

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