"Epstein is one of America's most brilliant scholars. In this
little book, he is at the top of his form."
-Alan Bock, The Orange County
"Epstein provides an astonishingly detailed account of the
reformation of the US Constitution in surprisingly few pages. He
highlights every major court case that altered the original ideals
of the Constitution ever so slightly, but that turned out in the
end to land America drastically far from the sound political ideals
with which it had begun. Using intricate logic he lays out a strong
argument against the Progressives and an equally strong argument
for the Old Court. For Americans, this book is a mandatory
"Just as we are being berated by his Chicago colleague Cass
Sunstein for not completing FDR's social-democratic revolution by
embracing a New Deal for speech and constitutionalizing welfare
rights, here comes Richard Epstein inviting us to wonder whether
the New Deal enterprise and the Progressive movement that preceded
it were not all a dreadful mistake. This is a challenging and
amusing book-Richard Epstein at the top of his game."
-Charles Fried, Professor of Law, Harvard University,
Former U.S. Solicitor General
"Epstein clearly explains how the Progressive prescription for
curing society's shortcomings has caused untold harm to our polity.
We live with their legal legacy today, which hamstrings the
economy, intrudes unnecessarily into our private affairs and makes
our society the most litigious on earth."
-Patrick Barron, The