This week's Featured Book is Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution by Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court, and published by Alfred A. Knopf.
“This book, based on the Tanner lectures on Human Values that Justice Stephen Breyer delivered at Harvard University in November 2004, defines the term “active liberty” as a sharing of the nation’s sovereign authority with its citizens. Regarding the Constitution as a guide for the application of basic American principles to a living and changing society rather than as an arsenal of rigid legal means for binding and restricting it, Justice Breyer argues that the genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems...” - Book Description
“A brisk, lucid and energetic book, written with conviction and offering a central argument that is at once provocative and appealing. . . . Deserves a place of honor in national debates, now and in the future, about the role of the Supreme Court in American life.” - The New Republic
“Active Liberty will likely influence not only public debate but also how lawyers craft their cases.” - The Wall Street Journal
Active Liberty will be available to borrow after Friday, April 13, 2007.