Jethro K. Lieberman

Jethro K. Lieberman

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Welcome to this Authors Guild virtual showcase of my published works. A complete list of titles, with active links, can be found under the "Works" tab. Most recent books, including ongoing projects, are noted briefly below.

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Georges Borchardt, Inc.
136 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022

Recently published

"The Thing about Books," The American Scholar, Autumn 2016.
The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well, 3d edition. With Tom Goldstein. University of California Press. Publication date: January 2016.
Cumulative Supplement, second series, 2008-2016, to A Practical Companion to the Constitution. Dialogue Press. Publication date: October 2016. For ordering information, click on A Practical Companion under Selected Works to the right.

Currently working on

Taking Offense. An extension of the project of my recently published Liberalism Undressed. This next book is a study of what to me is the baffling but worldwide phenomenon of people (me too) who grow agitated by what other people say and (sometimes) do, even though what's done is merely offensive, not harmful. But why? And what should we do about it. My blog exploring the subject, Taking-Offense, launched in November 2015. See the link in the sidebar to the left.

Speech Matters. The final part of the liberalism project. If the presence of harm and risk of harm are the measure of a government's reach, why should we exempt speech from government control when it causes harm? Or do we? And what are the limits?

Selected Works

A retort to friends who thought it was time to thin out the bookshelves.
A critique of hypotheticals as a tool for judging the thought of others.
For students studying constitutional law: what it's about, how to learn it, in language easy to grasp.
Political Theory, Government
Resuscitates liberalism as a practical political doctrine.
On writing clear, readable, and persuasive prose. 3d edition published January 2016
An article on the sins of scholarly writing — and a video to boot.
Constitutional Law
The meaning of the Constitution, and how it has changed over time, on the eve of its bicentennial.
Law and Society
The first book to seek the underlying causes for, and consequences of, America’s growing urge to sue.
A searching look at the moral disarray of the post-Watergate lawyers' code of ethics.
Terrorists take over the United Nations and commit a series of atrocities to free their imprisoned soldiers. An Israeli agent to the rescue. Sounds familiar, but this appeared in 1978, before some of the things imagined had ever played out.
Edited anthologies.
Articles in the popular press, pamphlets, and more.