The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds That Shaped America's Supreme Law

The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds That Shaped America's Supreme Law

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In a fascinating blend of biography and history, Joseph Tartakovsky tells the epic and unexpected story of our Constitution through the eyes of ten extraordinary individuals--some renowned, like Alexander Hamilton and Woodrow Wilson, and some forgotten, like James Wilson and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

Tartakovsky brings to life their struggles over our supreme law from its origins in revolutionary America to the era of Obama and Trump. Sweeping from settings as diverse as Gold Rush California to the halls of Congress, and crowded with a vivid Dickensian cast, Tartakovsky shows how America's unique constitutional culture grapples with questions like democracy, racial and sexual equality, free speech, economic liberty, and the role of government.

Joining the ranks of other great American storytellers, Tartakovsky chronicles how Daniel Webster sought to avert the Civil War; how Alexis de Tocqueville misunderstood America; how Robert Jackson balanced liberty and order in the battle against Nazism and Communism; and how Antonin Scalia died warning Americans about the ever-growing reach of the Supreme Court.

From the 1787 Philadelphia Convention to the clash over gay marriage, this is a grand tour through two centuries of constitutional history as never told before, and an education in the principles that sustain America in the most astonishing experiment in government ever undertaken.

Author: Joseph Tartakovsky
Publisher: Encounter Books
Published: 10/08/2019
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781641770620

About the Author

Joseph Tartakovsky is the former Deputy Solicitor General of Nevada and a practicing attorney in constitutional and appellate law at an international law firm. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. He is also the James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Claremont Institute and served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.