The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era by Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar is one of the nation’s premier legal scholars (Sterling Professor of Law & Political Science, Yale University).  His latest work is a vast collection of essays he has penned for the The New Republic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and more over the past 20 years.  Seeking to write about complex constitutional issues and cases in a manner accessible to the non-legal scholar, Amar covers ripped from the headlines issues such as Merrick Garland’s stalled Supreme Court nomination to the Affordable Care Act, along with deeper and more long standing issues like gun rights, exclusionary rule, and campaign finance.  The length of Amar’s career allows him to also include topics such as Bill Clinton’s impeachment and the Bush v. Gore election in a manner that explains why they still matter.  This is an extremely timely book that gives readers an excellent understanding of the US Constitution and its relevance today.

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