The Tempting of America (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - Political Science - 448 pages
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Judge Bork shares a personal account of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination as well as his view on politics versus the law.

In The Tempting of America, one of our most distinguished legal minds offers a brilliant argument for the wisdom and necessity of interpreting the Constitution according to the “original understanding” of the Framers and the people for whom it was written.

Widely hailed as the most important critique of the nation’s intellectual climate since The Closing of the American Mind, The Tempting of America illuminates the history of the Supreme Court and the underlying meaning of constitutional controversy. Essential to understanding the relationship between values and the law, it concludes with a personal account of Judge Bork’s chillingly emblematic experiences during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on his Supreme Court nomination.
  

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User Review  - Brandon Zaffini - Goodreads

This book is perfect for those seeking a potent defense of the originalist approach to the Constitution. Bork lays out the relevant theory, then applies it to Supreme Court cases down through the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rex Libris - Goodreads

In this work Judge Bork examines how law is corrupted when judges allow political and personal value preferences to substitute themselves for the original intentions founded in the constitution. In ... Read full review

Contents

AND THE TEMPTATIONS OF POLITICS
15
The New Deal Court and the Constitutional
51
The Political Role
69
The Restructuring of State
84
Poll Taxes and the New Equal Protection
90
The Burger and Rehnquist Courts
101
The Supreme Courts Trajectory
129
The Madisonian Dilemma and the Need
139
The Theorists of Conservative Constitutional
223
Of Moralism Moral Relativism
241
The Impossibility of All Theories that Depart
251
Good Results
261
T HE BLOODY CROSSROADS
267
The Hearings and After
295
A Study
323
Why the Campaign Was Mounted
337

Objections to Original Understanding
161
The Theorists of Liberal Constitutional
187
Effects for the Future
345
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About the author (2009)

Robert H. Bork has served as Solicitor General and Acting Attorney General of the United States, and as a United States Court of Appeals judge. A former professor of law at Yale Law School, he is currently a professor at Ave Maria School of Law, a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Tad and Dianne Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Also the author of the bestselling The Tempting of America, he lives with his wife in McLean, Virginia.

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