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The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade ...
by Eric Foner

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><strong>From the Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning scholar, a timely history of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation鈥檚 foundation and how those guarantees have been shaken over time.</strong></p><br /><p>The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law. The Reconstruction amendments abolished slavery, guaranteed all persons due process and equal protection of the law, and equipped black men with the right to vote. They established the principle of birthright citizenship and guaranteed the privileges and immunities of all citizens. The federal government, not the states, was charged with enforcement, reversing the priority of the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In grafting the principle of equality onto the Constitution, these revolutionary changes marked the second founding of the United States.</p><br /><p>Eric Foner鈥檚 compact, insightful history traces the arc of these pivotal amendments from their dramatic origins in pre鈥揅ivil War mass meetings of African-American 鈥渃olored citizens鈥?and in Republican party politics to their virtual nullification in the late nineteenth century. A series of momentous decisions by the Supreme Court narrowed the rights guaranteed in the amendments, while the states actively undermined them. The Jim Crow system was the result. Again today there are serious political challenges to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law. Like all great works of history, this one informs our understanding of the present as well as the past: knowledge and vigilance are always necessary to secure our basic rights.</p>
John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
by Richard Brookhiser

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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<b>The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.</b> <br />In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Supreme Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. <br />In <i>John Marshall</i>, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made.
How to Fight Anti-Semitism
by Bari Weiss

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>The prescient聽<i>New York Times</i>聽writer delivers an urgent wake-up call to all Americans exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country鈥攁nd explains what we can do to defeat it.</b><br />聽<br /><b>鈥淪tunning . . . Bari Weiss is heroic, fearless, brilliant and big-hearted. Most importantly, she is right.鈥濃€擫isa Taddeo, #1聽<i>New York Times聽</i>bestselling author of聽<i>Three Women</i></b><br /><b>聽</b><br />On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.<br />聽<br />For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a total shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh raised a question Americans can no longer avoid: Could it happen here?<br />聽<br />This book is Weiss鈥檚 answer.<br />聽<br />Like many, Weiss long believed this country could escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. But now the luckiest Jews in history are beginning to face a three-headed dragon known all too well to Jews of other times and places: the physical fear of violent assault, the moral fear of ideological vilification, and the political fear of resurgent fascism and populism.<br />聽<br />No longer the exclusive province of the far right, the far left, and assorted religious bigots, anti-Semitism now finds a home in identity politics and the reaction against identity politics, in the renewal of America First isolationism and the rise of one-world socialism, and in the spread of Islamist ideas into unlikely places. A hatred that was, until recently, reliably taboo, anti-Semitism is migrating toward the mainstream, amplified by social media and a culture of conspiracy that threatens us all.<br />聽<br />Weiss鈥檚聽cri de coeur is an unnerving reminder that Jews must never lose their hard-won instinct for danger, and a powerful case for renewing Jewish and American values in uncertain times from one of our most provocative writers. Not just for the sake of America鈥檚 Jews, but for the sake of America.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>How to Fight Anti-Semitism</i></b><br /><br />鈥淲hat Heinrich Graetz required six volumes of Jewish history to encompass, Bari Weiss has achieved with remarkable succinctness.聽This important book will engender a thousand conversations.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟ynthia Ozick<br /></b><br />鈥淗er childhood synagogue in Pittsburgh was the site of last year鈥檚 Shabbat morning massacre.聽This passionate, vividly written, regularly insightful book is her pained, fighting elegy.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Guardian<br /></i></b><br />鈥淎 bold summons to confront humanity鈥檚 oldest hatred.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>National Review</i></b>
How to Read the Constitution--and Why
by Kim Wehle

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<p><strong>"A must-read for this era.鈥濃€擩ake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent聽</strong></p><p><strong>An insightful, urgent, and聽perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, and how its protections are eroding before our eyes鈥攅ssential reading for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.</strong></p><p>The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In <em>How to Read the Constitution--and Why</em>, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means. In compelling terms and including聽text from the United States Constitution,聽she describes how the Constitution鈥檚 protections are eroding鈥攏ot only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy鈥攁nd why every American needs to heed to this 鈥渞ed flag鈥?moment in our democracy.</p><p>This invaluable鈥攁nd timely鈥攔esource includes聽the聽Constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the聽text, 聽from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights鈥攊ncluding free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the book explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works鈥攁nd why, if we don鈥檛 step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever.</p><p><em>How to Read the Constitution--and Why </em>is essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for <em>everyone</em> in America鈥攔egardless of political party. </p>
The Conservative Sensibility
by George F. Will

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English

Pages

641

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><b><br /></b><b>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, an "astonishing" and "enthralling" (<i>Booklist</i>) new examination of how the Founders' belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition--"easily one of the best books on American Conservatism ever written" (Jonah Goldberg).</b><b></b><br /> For more than four decades, George F. Will has attempted to discern the principles of the Western political tradition and apply them to America's civic life. Today, the stakes could hardly be higher. Vital questions about the nature of man, of rights, of equality, of majority rule are bubbling just beneath the surface of daily events in America. <br /> <br /> The Founders' vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, religious freedom, and in human virtue and dignity ushered in two centuries of American prosperity. Now, as Will shows, conservatism is under threat--both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party. America has become an administrative state, while destructive trends have overtaken family life and higher education. Semi-autonomous executive agencies wield essentially unaccountable power. Congress has failed in its duty to exercise its legislative powers. And the executive branch has slipped the Constitution's leash. <br /> <br /> In the intellectual battle between the vision of Founding Fathers like James Madison, who advanced the notion of natural rights that pre-exist government, and the progressivism advanced by Woodrow Wilson, the Founders have been losing. It's time to reverse America's political fortunes. <br /><br /> Expansive, intellectually thrilling, and written with the erudite wit that has made Will beloved by millions of readers, <i>The Conservative Sensibility</i> is an extraordinary new book from one of America's most celebrated political writers.
Impeachment: An American History
by , Jeffrey A. Engel

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>Four experts on the American presidency examine the three times impeachment has been invoked鈥攁gainst Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton鈥攁nd explain what it means today.</b><br /><br />Impeachment is a double-edged sword. Though it was designed to check tyrants, Thomas Jefferson also called impeachment 鈥渢he most formidable weapon for the purpose of a dominant faction that was ever contrived.鈥?On the one hand, it nullifies the will of voters, the basic foundation of all representative democracies. On the other, its absence from the Constitution would leave the country vulnerable to despotic leadership. It is rarely used, and with good reason.<br /><br /> Only three times has a president鈥檚 conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one. None has yet succeeded. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 for failing to kowtow to congressional leaders鈥攁nd, in a large sense, for failing to be Abraham Lincoln鈥攜et survived his Senate trial. Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against him for lying, obstructing justice, and employing his executive power for personal and political gain. Bill Clinton had an affair with a White House intern, but in 1999 he faced trial in the Senate less for that prurient act than for lying under oath about it.<br /><br /> In the first book to consider these three presidents alone鈥攁nd the one thing they have in common鈥擩effrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker explain that the basis and process of impeachment is more political than legal. The Constitution states that the president 鈥渟hall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,鈥?leaving room for historical precedent and the temperament of the time to weigh heavily on each case. This book reveals the complicated motives behind each impeachment鈥攏ever entirely limited to the question of a president鈥檚 guilt鈥攁nd the risks to all sides. Each case depended on factors beyond the president鈥檚 behavior: his relationship with Congress, the polarization of the moment, and the power and resilience of the office itself. This is a realist view of impeachment that looks to history for clues about its potential use in the future.
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Righ...
by Adam Winkler

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<p><strong>National Book Award for Nonfiction Finalist<br /><br />National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist<br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book of the Year<br /><br />A <em>Washington Post</em> Notable Book of the Year<br /><br />A PBS 鈥淣ow Read This鈥?Book Club Selection<br /><br />Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the <em>Economist</em> and the <em>Boston Globe</em></strong></p><br /><p><strong>A landmark expos茅 and 鈥渄eeply engaging legal history鈥?of one of the most successful, yet least known, civil rights movements in American history (<em>Washington Post</em>).</strong></p><br /><p>In a revelatory work praised as 鈥渆xcellent and timely鈥?(<em>New York Times Book Review</em>, front page), Adam Winkler, author of <em>Gunfight</em>, once again makes sense of our fraught constitutional history in this incisive portrait of how American businesses seized political power, won 鈥渆qual rights,鈥?and transformed the Constitution to serve big business.</p><br /><p>Uncovering the deep roots of Citizens United, he repositions that controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision as the capstone of a centuries-old battle for corporate personhood. 鈥淭ackling a topic that ought to be at the heart of political debate鈥?(<em>Economist</em>), Winkler surveys more than four hundred years of diverse cases鈥攁nd the contributions of such legendary legal figures as Daniel Webster, Roger Taney, Lewis Powell, and even Thurgood Marshall鈥攖o reveal that 鈥渢he history of corporate rights is replete with ironies鈥?(<em>Wall Street Journal</em>). <em>We the Corporations</em> is an uncompromising work of history to be read for years to come.</p>
An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Ev...
by , Josh Blackman

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

September 13, 2019

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<p></p><p>This multimedia platform combines a book and video series that will change the way you study constitutional law. <strong><em>An Introduction to Constitutional Law</em></strong> teaches the narrative of constitutional law as it has developed over the past two centuries. All students鈥攅ven those unfamiliar with American history鈥攚ill learn the essential background information to grasp how this body of law has come to be what it is today. An online library of sixty-three videos (access codes provided with purchase of the book) brings the Supreme Court鈥檚 one hundred most important decisions to life. These videos are enriched by photographs, maps, and even audio from the Supreme Court. The book and videos are accessible for all levels: law school, college, high school, home school, and independent study. Students can read and watch these materials before class to prepare for lectures or study after class to fill in any gaps in their notes. And, come exam time, students can watch the entire canon of constitutional law in about twelve hours.聽</p><p></p>
To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
by , Joshua Matz

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>As Congress begins an impeachment inquiry against</b><b> President Trump, read the definitive book on presidential impeachment and how it should be used today.</b><i><br /></i>Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against an out-of-control executive. But it is also a perilous and traumatic undertaking for the nation. In this authoritative examination, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz rise above the daily clamor to illuminate impeachment's proper role in our age of broken politics.<br /><i>To End a Presidency </i>is an essential book for anyone seeking to understand how this fearsome power should be deployed.<br />
Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide
by Cass R. Sunstein

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English

Pages

300

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>鈥淲ith insight, wisdom, affection, and concern, Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book.鈥?鈥擠oris Kearns Goodwin<br /><br />An essential guide to the impeachment process that rises above politics and goes beyond punditry, from one of America's foremost legal experts.</b><br /><br />As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public's responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty--a route rarely traveled--is impeachment.<br /><br />Harvard Law professor Cass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen's guide to this essential tool of self-government. Taking us deeper than mere partisan politics, he illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people's role in holding presidents accountable. In spite of the loud national debate between pundits and politicians alike over whether or not to impeach Trump, impeachment remains widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of common misconceptions. For example, he shows how the Constitution, not the House of Representatives, establishes grounds for impeachment, and that the president can be impeached for abuses of power that do not violate the law. Even neglect of duty counts among the "high crimes and misdemeanors" delineated in the republic's foundational document. Sunstein describes how impeachment helps make sense of our constitutional order, particularly the framers' controversial decision to install an empowered executive in a nation deeply fearful of kings.<br /><br />With an eye toward the past and the future, <i>Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide</i> considers a host of actual and imaginable arguments for a president's removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment have been judicious and others not. And with an appendix on the Mueller report, it puts the current national debate in its proper historical context. In direct and approachable terms, it dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely.

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