Preemption: A Knife That Cuts Both Ways

Preemption: A Knife That Cuts Both Ways

by Alan M. Dershowitz
     
 

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“A path-breaking must-read for government leaders, strategists, and all concerned Americans.”—General Wesley K. Clark
In Preemption one of our nation’s foremost legal scholars puts forward a controversial new theory on crime and punishment in the postmodern world. Using the American government’s 2003 invasion of Iraq as a starting

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“A path-breaking must-read for government leaders, strategists, and all concerned Americans.”—General Wesley K. Clark
In Preemption one of our nation’s foremost legal scholars puts forward a controversial new theory on crime and punishment in the postmodern world. Using the American government’s 2003 invasion of Iraq as a starting point, Alan M. Dershowitz tracks our society’s increasing reliance on preemptive action. In Preemption, which Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals calls “lucid, sober, courageous, and historically informed,” Dershowitz has brought together all of his diverse and considerable talents and experiences to confront the idea of preemptive action as it applies to some of our most urgent political and moral dilemmas.

Editorial Reviews

Cass Sunstein
“In this provocative, illuminating, and lively book, [Dershowitz] demonstrates that simple conclusions disserve democracy—and endanger our safety. Dershowitz is right to call for a jurisprudence of preemption; he takes important steps toward providing that jurisprudence.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393060126
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/17/2006
Series:
Issues of Our Time Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Leading criminal law and constitutional scholar Alan M. Dershowitz is the author of such critically acclaimed books as Rights from Wrongs, The Case for Israel, and Why Terrorism Works. A professor at Harvard Law School, he lives in Massachusetts.

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