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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his own words: the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan A justice on the United States Supreme Court for three decades, Antonin Scalia transformed the way that judges, lawyers, and citizens think about the law. T Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his own words: the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan A justice on the United States Supreme Court for three decades, Antonin Scalia transformed the way that judges, lawyers, and citizens think about the law. The Essential Scalia presents Justice Scalia on his own terms, allowing readers to understand the reasoning and insights that made him one of the most consequential jurists in American history. Known for his forceful intellect and remarkable wit, Scalia mastered the art of writing in a way that both educated and entertained. This comprehensive collection draws from the best of Scalia’s opinions, essays, speeches, and testimony to paint a complete and nuanced portrait of his jurisprudence. This compendium addresses the hot-button issues of the times, from abortion and the right to bear arms to marriage, free speech, religious liberty, and so much more. It also presents the justice’s wise insights on perennial debates over the structure of government created by our Constitution and the proper methods for interpreting our laws. Brilliant and passionately argued, The Essential Scalia is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand our Constitution, the American legal system, and one of our nation’s most influential and highly regarded jurists and thinkers.


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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his own words: the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan A justice on the United States Supreme Court for three decades, Antonin Scalia transformed the way that judges, lawyers, and citizens think about the law. T Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his own words: the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan A justice on the United States Supreme Court for three decades, Antonin Scalia transformed the way that judges, lawyers, and citizens think about the law. The Essential Scalia presents Justice Scalia on his own terms, allowing readers to understand the reasoning and insights that made him one of the most consequential jurists in American history. Known for his forceful intellect and remarkable wit, Scalia mastered the art of writing in a way that both educated and entertained. This comprehensive collection draws from the best of Scalia’s opinions, essays, speeches, and testimony to paint a complete and nuanced portrait of his jurisprudence. This compendium addresses the hot-button issues of the times, from abortion and the right to bear arms to marriage, free speech, religious liberty, and so much more. It also presents the justice’s wise insights on perennial debates over the structure of government created by our Constitution and the proper methods for interpreting our laws. Brilliant and passionately argued, The Essential Scalia is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand our Constitution, the American legal system, and one of our nation’s most influential and highly regarded jurists and thinkers.

39 review for The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Craig David

    Reading his words years after his death are nostalgic and definitely makes you sad that we lost such an incredible thinker. I loved how the book was divided up into some of his best comments on originalism, textualism, the structure of the constitution, his dissents and opinions, and reading his speeches. It was set up beautifully and I think this really honors his legacy in the best of ways. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy so I can really dissect it and make notes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark O'mara

    One for the SCOTUS & Scalia fans interested in a range of legal opinions from rulings and views about the appropriate role of the Supreme Court. Five stars because almost the entire book is in Scalia’s words - which even his ideological opposites on the Court (Ginsburg & Kagan - Kagan writes a glowing forward to this book) - are deserving of no less than five stars. One for the SCOTUS & Scalia fans interested in a range of legal opinions from rulings and views about the appropriate role of the Supreme Court. Five stars because almost the entire book is in Scalia’s words - which even his ideological opposites on the Court (Ginsburg & Kagan - Kagan writes a glowing forward to this book) - are deserving of no less than five stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leonard Singer

    His starting point of analysis is that the Court is essentially an undemocratic institution when 9 unelected people from a very limited class of people justify decisions based upon the theory that “we’re a different society” etc. than the Founders’ society. Textualism shouldn’t be controversial - it’s what we do with contracts - rely on the words first and, if reasonably clear, negotiating history, etc., is not relevant. The book contains a powerful basis to undermine the worth of legislative hi His starting point of analysis is that the Court is essentially an undemocratic institution when 9 unelected people from a very limited class of people justify decisions based upon the theory that “we’re a different society” etc. than the Founders’ society. Textualism shouldn’t be controversial - it’s what we do with contracts - rely on the words first and, if reasonably clear, negotiating history, etc., is not relevant. The book contains a powerful basis to undermine the worth of legislative history evidence. Originalism shouldn’t be controversial as he describes it. The end result would be that the federal and particularly the state legislatures would be responsible to manage the huge range of political issues that the Constitution does not directly address (probably because the Founders believed the states should address many of them) and, regarding which, there were long standing well accepted practices during the Founders’ era and thereafter. The Court has (with or without authority depending upon your point of view) acted on many critical issues because the legislatures failed to fulfill their responsibility. The book would be much better with the inclusion, for each article or opinion, of a fair summary or excerpts of the argument in opposition to Scalia. And the book doesn’t challenge Scalia with the hard questions that arise from his originalism theory. But, should be read and discussed.

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