The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law


Judge Bork shares a personal account of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination as well as his view on politics versus the law.
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Judge Bork shares a personal account of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination as well as his view on politics versus the law.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The controversial Supreme Court nominee discusses American law, arguing that the elected legislature's role, as defined by the Constitution, is being usurped by a politically motivated intellectual minority. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684843377
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 704,083
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    a masterpiece

    This book is by far the best piece of legal commentary I have ever read. Mr.Bork's writing was clear and concise, the logic was simple to follow, unlike much of the tortuous logic you find from noted constitutional theorists as Tribe and Dworkin. Mr. Bork lays out his understanding of the 'original intent' argument, and then defends it against the attacks of those who believe that 'original intent' is whatever a judge thinks and says it must be. He then proceeds to devastate those theories which would deviate from original intent, whether they be Conservative or Liberal in mind. A fascinating part of the book was Mr. Bork's take on his Supreme Court nomination, hearing and ultimate rejection by the Senate. He shows how his ideas for the role of judges were distorted to mean that he was somehow anti-minority, anti women, anti individual rights, and anti consumer. He exposes the outragously uninformed attacks by Sen. Kennedy, Sen. Biden and Sen. Spector as the fantastic web of lies and distortions they were. This great man of legal scholarship was denied the appointment that was rightfully his, merely because he believed that Supreme Court judges should adhere to the text of the Constitution of the United States. For this belief, Mr. Bork was labelled as 'outside the mainstream.' The citizens of the United States were blatantly lied to during the nomination of Robert Bork, and I hope the lesson of his nomination will not be forgotten during the current attempt by the usual suspects in the Senate to keep Miguel Estrada off the DC Court of Appeals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Best Constitutional Law Book Ever!

    Judge Bork's book should be regarged as the end of Constitutional debate. He is so clear and concise while he offers an answer to every single argument thrown at him. He also recounts the extreme partisan that led to him not being confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. It all ties in to his main point: The Supreme Court should decide case on the basis of law, not politics.

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