The Tempting of America (the Political Seduction of the Law)

Robert H. Bork, Author Free Press $29.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-02-903761-4
Bork, whom Reagan nominated unsuccessfully to the Supreme Court in 1987, combines here a history of the Court, a theory of how it should operate and a lengthy defense of his judicial record. He claims that virtually all Chief Justices, from those of the New Deal to Earl Warren--with his ``unprincipled activism''--and beyond, have attempted to insert a ``modern liberal agenda'' into their decision-making. He argues that justices should apply the Constitution as its 18th-century ratifiers understood it, and that areas beyond federal powers should be left to the states to decide. Although Bork insists that the Court must apply judicial principles in a neutral, nonpolitical way, he acknowledges that his theory of constitutional praxis would probably favor the conservative policies promoted by Reagan and Bush. Conservatives will applaud this book, while those who opposed Bork's nomination will find here more reasons for having done so. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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