- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 21 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595552650
- ASIN: B003F76HAW
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,665,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dred Scotts Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America Hardcover – Bargain Price, Apr 21 2009
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About the Author
Andrew P. Napolitano is Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News Channel and the author of Constitutional Chaos, The Constitution in Exile, A Nation of Sheep, Dred Scott's Revenge, and Lies the Government Told You.
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Further, there are unnecessary repetitions of opinion and fact that lead one to owner whether the original draft received attention from an editor with the authority to recommend revisions. The entire text just does not read smoothly.
Yes, there are interesting assertions in the book, and some are fairly well supported by background and reasoning. Others lead one to wonder whether the justice fully understood the challenges and problems of a chief executive. For instance, the concluding, somewhat unrealistic nod to Mr. Obama's assumed goodness leads one to conclude that either the writer was insincere at the end or the note of tribute was ill considered.
Mr. Napolitano might have done so much more if he had developed just one of his book's sections into a well written text. A revisionist history of Abraham Lincoln as the Civil-War President that was even handed, yet hard-hitting, would have been an interesting book. Reconstruction is a similar area, waiting for a new interpretation. Why did it take so long? Why did the government allow things to get so bad? The truth is in the details. Ditto for the era from the 1960s to the present.
One value of Mr. Napolitano's book is its revelation of how natural desires for personal rights cut against positive law, and thus against political forces. Although the book seems to take a slightly Republican slant toward the end, clearly the conflict between natural and positive law respects neither political party, especially if time and geography are taken into consideration. Rather, that conflict stands before us and within us as we blunder about, asserting our individual, often amoral preferences, yet occasionally trying dearly to create a democracy. For showing us that way of understanding what we are about, Justice Napolitano has made a significant contribution.
I disagree with previous reviewers about Napolitano's understanding of the "chief executive". He understands and explains very well the role of the chief executive (the president) in his other books, but that role doesn't exist in isolation, and can never stand against the concepts that America was founded on, like natural right are inalienable and belong to all men, regardless of color.
This book doesn't water down or try to justify race relations in America. Because Napolitano believes in inalienable rights, he looks through that lens to explain what happened in the Dred Scott case. He doesn't hide his support of natural law and makes the case clearly throughout the book.
He also explains Lincoln's intention with the civil war and shows clearly that Lincoln was not in support of freeing the slaves, but rather keeping his power in tact.
It is public knowledge that Napolitano is a Fox News Judicial Analyst, but anyone that knows anything about him, knows he is a strict Libertarian and he explains those views better than almost anyone out there. He is not at all a partisan hack for either side, unless one choose to interpret a certain natural law view as belonging to one party or another.
This book is an honest look at the history of race relations in America- it starts from the founding days and takes the reader all the way into the present day.
If that is what you are looking for this book is for you.