The Morality of Consent
Alexander M Bickel (Author)
Description"This short but provocative volume... is a fitting testimony to the author's extraordinary, though tragically brief, career as a constitutional scholar, lawyer and teacher. In just a hundred and a half literate pages, we are treated to vintage Bickel insight into every major political issue of the decade, from the civil rights movement, to the Warren Court, through the frenetic university upheavals, and--inevitably--to Watergate.... A tapestry woven by a master of subtle color and texture."--Alan M. Dershowitz, New York Times Book Review
"Presents the core of Bickel's] legal and political philosophy.... In the five essays that compose this volume Bickel explores the relationship between morality and law, examining the role of the Constitution and Supreme Court in our political process, the nature of citizenship, the First Amendment, civil disobedience, and the moral authority of the intellectual.... All will be stimulated by Bickel's thoughtful message." -Perspective
" Bickel] wrote with astonishing clarity. It takes no legal training to understand his thinking about the law. Nor does it take a willingness to agree with him. All that's required of the reader of this important 'little' book is a concern that rivals Bickel's about the future of American society." -Newsweek
"An illuminating, often a moving book, with all of Professor Bickel's rare ability to bring law to life in vivid words."--Anthony Lewis
Alexander M. Bickel, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, taught at Yale from 1956 until his death in 1974.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Published Date: September 10, 1977
Dimensions: 5.0 X 0.38 X 8.0 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author
Alexander M. Bickel (d. 1974) was one of the foremost historians of the United States Supreme Court and the Constitution. A native of Romania, Bickel graduated from Harvard with honors and then worked on the U.S. Supreme Court as law clerk to Justice Felix Frankfurter. Bickel was a frequent contributor to Commentary, The New Republic, and the New York Times, and published extensively on constitutionalism, Burkean thought, citizenship, and the freedom of speech. Bickel taught as a professor at Yale Law School from 1956 until his death in 1974.