- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610393287
- ISBN-13: 978-1610393287
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unprecedented is unprecedented. Unlike so many legal dramas that can feel dry and abstract, Unprecedent makes it feel like you're there for some of the most important and critical decisions leading up to one of the most important moments in the history of the United States -- the moment the Chief Justice of the United States affirmed the constitutionality of "the last piece of our basic social compact."
I actually choked up as the book described those tense uncertain moments when the President and the Nation thought Obamacare had fallen, and the crowd outside began cheering for the Constitution. Now how many law books can you say made you feel something like that?
In short, one of the top 2 or 3 books I've ever read.
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The book provides a detailed history of ACA (Obamacare). The key Court arguments are found in Part VI.Read more