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WHY ECONOMIC INEQUALITY THREATENS OUR REPUBLIC
Written by GANESH SITARAMAN

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/14/2017

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-451-49391-0

An original, provocative contribution to the debate over rising economic inequality that argues that a strong and sizable middle class is in fact embedded in the very framework of our government and its founding document.

For two thousand years, constitutional republics assumed class divisions a priori. But as Ganesh Sitaraman reminds us in this exceptionally lucid study, our Constitution, growing as it did out of a society of almost unprecedented economic equality, made no provisions to...

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AMERICAN LAW AND THE NEW GLOBAL REALITIES
Written by STEPHEN BREYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91207-2

In this original, far-reaching, and timely book, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the work of the Supreme Court of the United States in an increasingly interconnected world, a world in which all sorts of activity, both public and private—from the conduct of national security policy to the conduct of international trade—obliges the Court to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders.  

Written with unique authority and perspective, The Court and the World reveals an emergent...

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ON THE ORIGINS OF "GENOCIDE" AND "CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY"
Written by PHILIPPE SANDS

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $32.50

ISBN: 978-0-385-35071-6

Winner of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize


A profound and profoundly important book—a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich.

East West Street
 looks at the personal and intellectual evolution of the two men who simultaneously originated the...

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RACE, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND THE LAW
Written by RANDALL KENNEDY

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/09/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94936-3

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Fisher v. University of Texas, For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice. 
 
What precisely is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify a boon or a stigma? Or is it simply reverse discrimination? What are its...

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THE LIMITS OF LIBERTY IN MODERN AMERICA
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94700-0

An enlightening, intensely researched examination of violations of the constitutional principles that preserve individual rights and civil liberties from courtrooms to classrooms.
 
With telling anecdote and detail, Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler explores the territory where the Constitution meets everyday America, where legal compromises—before and since 9/11—have undermined the criminal justice system’s fairness, enhanced the executive branch’s power over citizens and immigrants, and...

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HOW IMMIGRATION BECAME ILLEGAL
Written by AVIVA CHOMSKY

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00167-7

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic, and historical context. She also unmasks how undocumented people live—how they work, what...

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THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE AND THE SUPREME COURT
Written by JEFFREY TOOBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/04/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-39071-4

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama's oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has put itself squarely at the center of American political life. Jeffrey Toobin brilliantly portrays key personalities and cases and shows how the President was fatally slow to realize...

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HOW BUSH AND CHENEY ATTACKED THE RULE OF LAW AND PLOTTED TO AVOID PROSECUTION- AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 02/05/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00338-1

Holtzman and Cooper reveal how the Bush-Cheney administration broke the law–and why and how the people can bring them to justice.

Deceiving Congress about the war in Iraq, illegal wire-tapping, and torture are only a few of the ways that the Bush-Cheney administration transgressed the law. Yet, they remain unindicted for these and other offenses. This book details how they got away with it, and how they can be held accountable.

“Elizabeth Holtzman, who helped bring President Nixon to justice...

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THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY THAT ENDED THE ERA OF SCHOOL DESEGREGATION
Written by SARAH GARLAND

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/29/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00177-6

In 2007, a court case originally filed in Louisville, Kentucky, was argued before the Supreme Court and officially ended the era of school desegregation– both changing how schools across America handle race and undermining the most important civil rights cases of the last century. Of course, this wasn’t the first federal lawsuit to challenge school desegregation. But it was the first–and only–one brought by African Americans. In Divided We Fail, journalist Sarah Garland deftly and...

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UNDERSTANDING THE CONSTITUTION THROUGH TEN OF ITS MOST CURIOUS PROVISIONS
Written by JAY WEXLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/04/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00089-2

An innovative, insightful, often humorous look at the Constitution’s lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh perspective on the document’s relevance today

For a variety of reasons, many of the Constitution’s more obscure passages never make it to any court and therefore never make headlines or even law school classrooms, which teach from judicial decisions. In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive professional and educational backgrounds in constitutional law to...

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HOW OUR SEARCH FOR SAFETY INVADES OUR LIBERTIES
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07928-5

An impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade—and their direct impact on our lives.

How have our rights to privacy and justice been undermined? What exactly have we lost? Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler searches for the answers to these questions by traveling the midnight streets of dangerous neighborhoods with police, listening to traumatized victims of secret surveillance, and digging into dubious...

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HOW BUSH AND CHENEY ATTACKED THE RULE OF LAW AND PLOTTED TO AVOID PROSECUTION- AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 02/07/2012

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00321-3

President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney deceived Congress and the people to drive us into a war in Iraq; they claimed the right to wiretap illegally and to eavesdrop on citizens; and they authorized torture, unilaterally upending laws and violating international treaty obligations. Yet, both Bush and Cheney are audaciously unapologetic about their crimes. In his recent memoir, President Bush makes no apologies for his decision to start a war in Iraq, though no weapons of mass...

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