Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

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Thomson/West, 2012 - Law - 567 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, Scalia and Garner systematically explain all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation in an engaging and informative style with hundreds of illustrations from actual cases. Is a burrito a sandwich? Is a corporation entitled to personal privacy? If you trade a gun for drugs, are you using a gun in a drug transaction? The authors grapple with these and dozens of equally curious questions while explaining the most principled, lucid, and reliable techniques for deriving meaning from authoritative texts. Meanwhile, the book takes up some of the most controversial issues in modern jurisprudence. What, exactly, is "textualism?" Why is "strict construction" a bad thing? What is the true doctrine of "originalism?" And which is more important: the spirit of the law, or the letter? The authors write with a well-argued point of view that is definitive yet nuanced, straightforward yet sophisticated.

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Scalia's explanation of what he thinks he ought to be doing when he interprets statutes. I enjoyed this, both because it gave me more insight as to what the debate about textualism and originalism ... Read full review

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I read this to prepare myself for my master's program in law since I have little academic background in law. Like with nearly everything else that professes to share the 'truth' of anything, this book ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Antonin Scalia is the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The editor-in-chief of "Black's Law Dictionary", Garner is the author of several best-selling books, including "Garner's""Modern American Usage" and, with Justice Antonin Scalia, "Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts" and "Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges".

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