Jethro K. Lieberman

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The Enduring Constitution

West Publishing Co. (lawyers' deluxe and standard editions), 1987, 483pp.
Harper & Row Publishers (trade ed.), 1987, 492pp.

An exploration of the Constitution, its origins, its growth and development, and its meaning as the courts have interpreted it, on the eve of its bicentennial in 1987. With mini biographies of each of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

Awards
Winner of the 1988 Silver Gavel, the American Bar Association’s top literary prize.


From the reviewers


"Lieberman carefully weaves together basic principles with fascinating historical trivia. [His book] is a joy to read."
Professor Ronald D. Rotunda, University of Illinois

"Lieberman has an extraordinary gift for writing effectively about complex legal subjects for a general audience. . . . Because his book is filled with insights as well as full of life, it may be read with profit and pleasure by both lawyers and lay persons. [It] is a remarkable feat. A concise, lucid, and live account — and a most informative and illuminating one — of the birth, 200-year life and future of the Constitution."
Yale Kamisar, Henry K. Ransom Professor of Law, University of Michigan

"This book is the most comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and interpretation of the Constitutional available. I was amazed at [Lieberman's] ability to discuss virtually every aspect of the Constitution, and to have treated virtually ever important case from the eighteenth century through 1986. No one has ever been that thorough. . . . This is a very passionate work, and fun to read."
Professor Stephen B. Presser, Northwestern University School of Law

Selected Works

New
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.
Writing
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.
Fiction
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.
Miscellany
Edited anthologies.
Articles in the popular press, pamphlets, and more.