The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System


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$19.99  $18.39
Hachette Books
Publish Date
May 12, 2020
5.51 X 8.27 X 1.35 inches | 1.21 pounds

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About the Author

Bruce Cannon Gibney is the author of A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America. A venture capitalist and writer, Gibney began as an attorney specializing in securities litigation and financial regulation. He was an early investor in PayPal, and later joined Founders Fund and co-founded Carmenta Management. He and his colleagues have funded Facebook, Spotify, Palantir Technologies, SpaceX, Lyft, AirBnB, Coupang, and DeepMind.


"Law schools seeking a good overview could save themselves the trouble and just assign entering students [The Nonsense Factory].... A plain-English "wide-angle critique" of the legal system... Ambitious.... Non-lawyers and many attorneys, too, will certainly have a better sense of what ails our justice system after reading this book."-- Washington Post
"A diligent, carefully considered overview of the law and its many facets.... Gibney is an insurrectionist with a heavy mind but a light heart.... His overarching intellectual project is a deeply admirable, and indeed, a patriotic one. He's willing to take a little heat to get some new ideas out there, and he's willing to make a few enemies in the process. By applying his deeply agile mind to the seemingly intractable obstacles of our democracy, he implicitly and crucially demonstrates the belief that real solutions exist."-- Lawyers, Guns, and Money

"The Nonsense Factory is a provocative polemic on the sorry state of American law. Whether you chiefly blame the Supreme Court or Congress or law professors or We The People ourselves--and whether or not you buy into every count of his indictment--Gibney's book raises serious questions about how we govern ourselves."--David A. Kaplan, author of The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution
"Really interesting book... stirring the pot."
--The Young Turks

"A keen, lively deconstruction of the American legal system's seemingly countless flaws."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Gibney is ... often funny, and his criticisms are serious, well-argued, and provocative."--Publishers Weekly

"Gibney (A Generation of Sociopaths) boldly declares that these chaotic times have been long-developing in the legal realm.... A timely investigation of the 'Imperial Presidency' considers the history and dangers of executive power. Ultimately, Gibney calls for structural reform and corrective actions.... Civic-minded readers .... will enjoy this ambitious and wry polemic on America's legal system."--Library Journal

"[A] sweeping new study of America's legal system."--Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

"Monumental and hugely, funny, incisive...."--Good Law Bad Law podcast with Aaron Freiwald