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Lawrence M. Friedman, professor of law at Stanford Law School, is the author of A History of American Law (Simon and Schuster).
People approve of an evolving Constitution mainly when it evolves in the direction they want it to go.
The Living Constitution, by David A. Strauss, Oxford University Press, 150 pages, $21.95
The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution, by Barry Friedman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 614 pages, $35.00
The highest court follows the political trends rather than defying them. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008 by Lucas A. Powe Jr., Harvard University Press, 421 pages, $29.95