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Seasoned Judgments: American Constitution, Rights and History (Paperback)
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Seasoned Judgments: American Constitution, Rights and History (Paperback)

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Paperback 444 Pages / Published: 30/01/1995
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Leonard Levy's new book, a compendium of his law review articles, book chapters, and basic shorter writings on themes with which he has long been identified, is a treasure chest of sound and reasonable analysis of American constitutional history. As one reviewer of the manuscript put matters: "There is not a clinker amongst them." For anyone who thinks that liberal analysis has grown soft and flabby, a good dose of Levy's book should set the record straight.

Seasoned Judgments is divided into three parts: Rights, Constitutional History, and The Marshall Court. In this progression from the general to the concrete, Levy never ignores the context as well as the content of the judicial process. Indeed, it is this linkage that separates him from nearly all other commentators and writers on the subjects covered. Whether discussing why the original Constitution lacked a Bill or Rights, or why the Fourth Amendment uses the imperative form "shall not" rather than the conditional form "ought not," the reader enters a world of explanation rich in detail and carful scholarly elaboration.

Well-known as editor in chief of the multivolumed Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, this new volume extracts some of Levy's own contributions to that effort. As a result, one can, for the first time, gain a clear sense of the author's own profound sense of the major issues confronting American law from the founding fathers to the present. The analysis of such still unresolved issues as flag desecration, the exclusionary rule, testimonial compulsion, taxation without representation, and the nature of the Constitution itself, will be of tremendous appeal to historians and political scientists as well as attorneys and judges.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781560009252
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 230 x 147 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"In 36 law review articles, essays and chapters drawn from his many books, one of the clearest and most eloquent liberal interpreters of law brings together a lifetime of deliberation into a volume that should be an invaluable reference for lawyers, historians, students-and anyone who loves elegant thought and expression on the human wellsprings of the rules we choose to live by."" -D.J.R. Bruckner, "New York Times Book Review"


"Levy's volume helps one to understand better the roots and meaning of our constitution."

--C. P. Chelf, Choice

"In 36 law review articles, essays and chapters drawn from his many books, one of the clearest and most eloquent liberal interpreters of law brings together a lifetime of deliberation into a volume that should be an invaluable reference for lawyers, historians, students-and anyone who loves elegant thought and expression on the human wellsprings of the rules we choose to live by." "--"D.J.R. Bruckner, "New York Times Book Review"


"This manuscript is a treasure chest of sound and reasonable judgments and analysis of American constitutional history--the manuscript delivers on its title. The essays are tough-minded, tightly written, and at times polemical. . . . [T]here is not a clinker among them."

--Howard G. Schneiderman

"Moving from the general to the more concrete, Mevy explains the origins and evolution of some of the most basic issues in constitutional government from the time of the framers to the present day. His explanations are rich in detail and marked by careful scholarly analysis, making them informative and interesting reading. . . . Levy's volume helps one to understand better the roots and meaning of our constitution."

--C. P. Chelf, Choice

"In 36 law review articles, essays and chapters drawn from his many books, one of the clearest and most eloquent liberal interpreters of law brings together a lifetime of deliberation into a volume that should be an invaluable reference for lawyers, historians, students--and anyone who loves elegant thought and expression on the human wellsprings of the rules we choose to live by."

--D.J.R. Bruckner, New York Times Book Review

"Levy's Mind is spritely. He respects history and is willing to deal with inconvenient facts. This is a good book. . . . [A] useful exercise in Constitutional history."

--Dennis Owens, Appellate Practice Journal

"Readers are likely to come away from this book with a deep respect for Levy's versatility of interests and his depth of scholarship. . . . Levy's essays reflect the ambiguity implicit in a Constitution that is at once a public charter and the foundation of massive legal and scholarly edifices. The essays should also open windows onto and stimulate further interest in Levy's own prodigious scholarship."

--John R. Vile, Political Science Quarterly


"This manuscript is a treasure chest of sound and reasonable judgments and analysis of American constitutional history--the manuscript delivers on its title. The essays are tough-minded, tightly written, and at times polemical. . . . [T]here is not a clinker among them."

--Howard G. Schneiderman

"Moving from the general to the more concrete, Mevy explains the origins and evolution of some of the most basic issues in constitutional government from the time of the framers to the present day. His explanations are rich in detail and marked by careful scholarly analysis, making them informative and interesting reading. . . . Levy's volume helps one to understand better the roots and meaning of our constitution."

--C. P. Chelf, Choice

"In 36 law review articles, essays and chapters drawn from his many books, one of the clearest and most eloquent liberal interpreters of law brings together a lifetime of deliberation into a volume that should be an invaluable reference for lawyers, historians, students--and anyone who loves elegant thought and expression on the human wellsprings of the rules we choose to live by."

--D.J.R. Bruckner, New York Times Book Review

"Levy's Mind is spritely. He respects history and is willing to deal with inconvenient facts. This is a good book. . . . [A] useful exercise in Constitutional history."

--Dennis Owens, Appellate Practice Journal

"Readers are likely to come away from this book with a deep respect for Levy's versatility of interests and his depth of scholarship. . . . Levy's essays reflect the ambiguity implicit in a Constitution that is at once a public charter and the foundation of massive legal and scholarly edifices. The essays should also open windows onto and stimulate further interest in Levy's own prodigious scholarship."

--John R. Vile, Political Science Quarterly


-This manuscript is a treasure chest of sound and reasonable judgments and analysis of American constitutional history--the manuscript delivers on its title. The essays are tough-minded, tightly written, and at times polemical. . . . [T]here is not a clinker among them.-

--Howard G. Schneiderman

-Moving from the general to the more concrete, Mevy explains the origins and evolution of some of the most basic issues in constitutional government from the time of the framers to the present day. His explanations are rich in detail and marked by careful scholarly analysis, making them informative and interesting reading. . . . Levy's volume helps one to understand better the roots and meaning of our constitution.-

--C. P. Chelf, Choice

-In 36 law review articles, essays and chapters drawn from his many books, one of the clearest and most eloquent liberal interpreters of law brings together a lifetime of deliberation into a volume that should be an invaluable reference for lawyers, historians, students--and anyone who loves elegant thought and expression on the human wellsprings of the rules we choose to live by.-

--D.J.R. Bruckner, New York Times Book Review

-Levy's Mind is spritely. He respects history and is willing to deal with inconvenient facts. This is a good book. . . . [A] useful exercise in Constitutional history.-

--Dennis Owens, Appellate Practice Journal

-Readers are likely to come away from this book with a deep respect for Levy's versatility of interests and his depth of scholarship. . . . Levy's essays reflect the ambiguity implicit in a Constitution that is at once a public charter and the foundation of massive legal and scholarly edifices. The essays should also open windows onto and stimulate further interest in Levy's own prodigious scholarship.-

--John R. Vile, Political Science Quarterly

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