Out Today: My New Book on Justice Scalia’s Legacy; Later Today: Adam Winkler and I Discuss (Livestream Available) the Supreme Court’s Past, Present, and Future

My new book, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption is out today from Yale University Press. You can order the book at Amazon here ( Kindle version, Audiobook from Audible).

Tonight I’ll be doing an event at UC Irvine to be livestreamed with Adam Winkler talking about my book and his excellent new book, We the Corporations.   This weekend C-SPAN Book TV will feature a panel about my book with Adam Liptak and Prof. Sue Bloch of Georgetown, and here’s a video of a recent NYU Brennan Center talk with CNN’s Joan Biskupic.


I just did this Q & A about the book with Ron Collins over at SCOTUSBlog.

Here are three pieces I’ve written related to the book, with more on the way:

Antonin Scalia’s disruption of the Supreme Court’s ways is here to stayWashington Post, Feb. 13, 2017

Stop treating Ruth Bader Ginsburg — a.k.a. ‘Notorious R.B.G.’ — like a celebrityL.A. Times, Feb. 15, 2017

In Pair of of Opinions, Fight Over Textualism Lives OnNational Law Journal, Feb. 22, 2018

Free Speech vs. Freedom from IntimidationSlate, Feb. 28, 2017

There’s one early review, from Kirkus Reviews, which writes that “Hasen effectively supports his critique with incisive analysis of pertinent cases and legal commentary, clearly explaining the fundamental theoretical and practical weaknesses of” Scalia’s approach.

Here are some book blurbs:

“Like a Scalia opinion, The Justice of Contradictions is superbly written, filled with brilliant insights and unsparing in its analysis. Both liberals and conservatives will see Scalia and his legacy in a new and more illuminating light.”—Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

“Rick Hasen uses his powerful analytic ability to point out the numerous contradictions and inconsistencies in Scalia’s jurisprudence. Any serious student of the Supreme Court will find much to admire, and something to disagree with, in this important book.”—Burt Neuborne, author of Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment


“A brilliant analysis of Justice Antonin Scalia’s work.   This clearly written and accessible book will be an essential resource for all thinking about Scalia’s place in history and the last three decades of American law.”—Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law


“An accessible and insightful account of Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court’s most colorful, controversial, and iconoclastic justices.  Hasen delivers a nuanced appreciation of a brilliant man whose many internal contradictions undermined his own potential for influence on the Court—even as he profoundly shaped the way we think and argue about constitutional law today.”—David Cole, National Legal Director, ACLU, and author of Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed


“Antonin Scalia was one of the most consequential and controversial justices in the history of the Supreme Court. Rick Hasen has given us a masterpiece on his jurisprudence and his personality—sophisticated but accessible, insightful and penetrating. A must-read for anyone interested in the Court and its impact on society.”—Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute


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