Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution


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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Elie Mystal is The Nation's legal analyst and justice correspondent, an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Type Media Center, and the legal editor of the More Perfect podcast on the Supreme Court for Radiolab. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, the former executive editor of Above the Law, a former associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, and a frequent guest on MSNBC and Sirius XM. The author of Allow Me to Retort (The New Press), he lives in New York.


Praise for Allow Me to Retort:
"A pugnacious and entertaining critique of conservative interpretations of the Constitution. . . . Buttressed by Mystal's caustic wit and accessible legal theories, this fiery takedown hits the mark."
--Publishers Weekly

"There's something to learn on every page. . . . A reading of the Constitution that all social justice advocates should study."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This witty, profane, and well-argued book makes a strong case for recognizing the flaws in our founding document and doing what we can to fix it."
--Washington Lawyer

"It is impossible to enjoy reading the Constitution more than through the searing perspective of the brilliant Twainesque humor of Elie Mystal in Allow Me to Retort."
--New York Journal of Books

"After reading Allow Me to Retort, I want Elie Mystal to explain everything I don't understand--quantum astrophysics, the infield fly rule, why people think Bob Dylan is a good singer. . . ."
--Michael Harriot, The Root

"Essential reading for people who think that you need to go to law school to understand our founding documents, and the perfect guidebook for Americans who want to understand how our country is supposed to work."
--Zerlina Maxwell, MSNBC analyst and author of The End of White Politics

"A tour de force from the Explainer-in-Chief of American law! Mystal's sharp wit entertains and educates about some of the greatest misconceptions of Constitutional scholarship and travesties in American justice."
--Malcolm Nance, bestselling author of The Plot to Hack America

"I loved Allow Me to Retort. It's a powerful and important book of brightly alive ideas. Mystal deconstructs tired arguments and failed positions with his signature intelligence, humor, grace, and extraordinary wit. His big brain, bright ideas and fierce advocacy for what is right are an antidote to the poison of our current political system."
--Don Winslow, bestselling author of The Border

"Elie Mystal is the funniest lawyer in America. Allow Me to Retort is brisk and brutal, sharply argued, full of both laugh-out-loud lines and righteous fury."
--Matt Levine, "Money Stuff" columnist, Bloomberg Opinion

"In Elie Mystal, we, the people, have a smart and funny legal pugilist. Allow Me to Retort is the people's guide to today's battles over the use, misuse, and abuse of the Constitution, and how we can actually secure justice for all."
--Dan Berger, professor of comparative ethnic studies, University of Washington, and author of Rethinking the American Prison movement