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America's unwritten constitution : the precedents and principles we live by

Author: Akhil Reed Amar
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Despite its venerated place atop American law and politics, our written Constitution does not enumerate all of the rules and rights, principles and procedures that actually govern modern America. The document makes no explicit mention of cherished concepts like the separation of powers and the rule of law. On some issues, the plain meaning of the text misleads. For example, the text seems to say that the vice  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Akhil Reed Amar
ISBN: 9780465029570 0465029574 9780465064908 0465064906
OCLC Number: 778420395
Description: xvi, 615 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Reading between the lines: America's implicit Constitution --
Heeding the deed: America's enacted Constitution --
Hearing the people: America's lived Constitution --
Confronting modern case law: America's "warrented" Constitution --
Putting precedent in its place: America's doctrinal Constitution --
Honoring the icons: America's symbolic Constitution --
"Remembering the ladies" : America's feminist Constitution --
Following Washington's lead: America's "Georgian" Constitution --
Interpreting government practices: America's institutional Constitution --
Joining the party: America's partisan Constitution --
Doing the right thing: America's conscientious Constitution --
Envisioning the future: America's unfinished Constitution --
Afterward --
Appendix: America's written Constitution.
Responsibility: Akhil Reed Amar.


A renowned constitutional scholar explores the little-understood relationship between the written Constitution and the many external factors that shape our interpretations of this foundational  Read more...
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New York Times Book Review "In America's Unwritten Constitution, Akhil Reed Amar, a commendably unorthodox and, in some ways, iconoclastic constitutional scholar at Yale Law School, bucks dominant Read more...

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