In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action by Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy (1992)

This book found its way onto my summer reading list late in the game. I picked it up at a library sale where I also found The Brethren.

I wasn't a poli sci major and the Bill of Rights rarely, probably never, came up in conversation for my degree. What's great about this book is that it breaks down each amendment (should that be capitalized?) and uses simple cases to frame their importance. I found the cases interesting and engaging. The writing style is very easy to follow and the pages flew by quickly.

Even though I don't have con law my first semester I'm still happy I read this. It has helped me frame ideas that have come up frequently in the Supreme Court history I'm currently reading. I'm sure similar ideas will thread my textbooks too.


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