The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten by Jay Wexler

By Jay Wexler

An cutting edge, insightful, usually funny examine the Constitution’’s lesser-known clauses, delivering a clean viewpoint at the document’s relevance today

For numerous purposes, a few of the Constitution’s extra imprecise passages by no means make it to any courtroom and for this reason by no means make headlines or maybe legislation college school rooms, which train from judicial judgements. during this desirable and witty publication, Jay Wexler attracts on his large expert and academic backgrounds in constitutional legislation to illustrate how those “odd clauses” have amazing relevance to our lives, our government’s constitution, and the integrity of our democracy.

“I love this booklet. it truly is, think it or no longer, an totally exciting constitutional legislation booklet. i'm blown away through Wexler's comedic abilities and his skill to make the often dry material so humorous and readable.”—Gary Gulman, Finalist, final comedian status and visitor, past due evening With David Letterman and The this night Show

“In Holy Hullabaloos, Jay Wexler took us alongside on what he referred to as a "road trip" to a couple of crucial locations hooked up to the 1st Amendment's faith clauses. This time, within the abnormal Clauses, Wexler exits off the street to take us on a travel of a few again roads of constitutional legislations: locations students and the general public seldom stopover at just like the invoice of Attainder Clause or the 3rd modification (which prohibits quartering of troops in deepest homes in the course of peacetime, should you didn't know.) the result's magical: you'll have rather a lot enjoyable interpreting approximately those unsung constitutional provisions that you just won't observe until eventually the journey is over how a lot you've learned.”— Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public curiosity Law

“The e-book offers a clean vantage aspect from which to contemplate the Constitution.”—Choice Magazine

“Professor Wexler dispenses his services at the structure with a mild contact, offering many lasting insights and some abdominal laughs alongside the way in which. What a pride to find that our founding record isn't just great, yet brilliantly weird.”—Ben H. Winters, writer of experience and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

“A know-it-all's treasure trove, a cupboard of constitutional curiosities, The atypical Clauses touches down on NASA, Ellis Island, even Saturday evening reside. Jay Wexler is brilliantly snarky, erudite and comedic.”—Julianna Baggott, writer of woman speak and Pure

“The maniacs who run the fashionable American political approach appear decided to minimize our structure to a electoral fetish item. Thank God, then, that we've got Jay Wexler, whose clever and humorous treatise reminds us that the structure is, just like the males who drafted it, outstanding yet imperfect. I discovered extra studying this e-book than in my whole collage profession. This isn't announcing a lot given my collage profession, I become aware of. yet I now plan to wait legislations institution. It's that good.”—Steve Almond, writer of Candyfreak and God Bless the USA

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