Dershowitz on Killing: How the Law Decides Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die (Hardcover)

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In Dershowitz on Killing: How the Law Decides Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die, Alan Dershowitz—New York Times bestselling author and one of America’s most respected legal scholars—examines the subjects of death, life, and the law.
Alan Dershowitz has been called “one of the most prominent and consistent defenders of civil liberties in America” by Politico and “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights” by Newsweek. His legal career as a criminal defense lawyer has been deeply involved with death and life decisions.

Dershowitz on Killing is a timely examination of issues and questions that are front and center in today’s society. Employing a philosophical, moral, religious, and cultural lens to the legal aspects surrounding death and life, Dershowitz elucidates the role of government to determine who shall live and who shall die in declaring wars, ordering executions, authorizing deadly force, permitting or denying abortions, providing or mandating vaccines, controlling climate change, allowing or refusing asylum for endangered migrants, and other life and death rulings. He notes that when the government decides these choices, it is asked to do so by first determining whether a “right” is involved, because rights trump mere interest, just as constitutional restrictions trump legislative and executive actions. 
Dershowitz on Killing asserts that the rules governing death and life decisions should reflect the irreversibility of death. It is essential reading for anyone interested in or concerned about how these decisions are allocated among state and federal; executive, legislative, and judicial; private and governmental; religious and secular institutions—and how people in a democracy, through the power of the ballot, have the ultimate say in these critical decisions.

About the Author

Alan Dershowitz is one of the most celebrated lawyers in the world. He was the youngest full professor in Harvard Law School history where he is now the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus. The author of numerous bestselling books, from Chutzpah to Guilt by Accusation to The Case Against Impeaching Trump to The Best Defense to Reversal of Fortune (which was made into an Academy Award–winning film) to Defending Israel, Dershowitz has advised presidents and prime ministers and has represented many prominent men and women, half of them pro bono.

Praise For…

“The fearless, peerless Alan Dershowitz.”
—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, late Chief Rabbi of Great Britain
“Anyone interested in the true merits of criminal law and very fine writing
must read Alan Dershowitz’s book.”
—Truman Capote
“Alan Dershowitz speaks with great passion and personal courage.”
—Elie Wiesel
“Astonishingly brilliant courtroom presence [and] a subtle and compelling theorist
of civil liberties.”
—Henry Louis Gates
“Love him or hate him, Dershowitz has lived a life that matters, hugely and enduringly. He is a man in full at a time when most of us aspire
to be little more than a presence on Twitter.”
New York Times Book Review
“An intellectual heavyweight.”
The Economist
“Loud, provocative, brilliant, and principled….”

Product Details
ISBN: 9781510775718
ISBN-10: 1510775714
Publisher: Hot Books
Publication Date: April 25th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English


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