Reading Law

Reading Law : the Interpretation of Legal Texts

4.23 (342 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 11-16 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


In this groundbreaking book, Scalia and Garner systematically explain all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation in an engaging and informative style with hundreds of illustrations from actual cases. Is a burrito a sandwich? Is a corporation entitled to personal privacy? If you trade a gun for drugs, are you using a gun in a drug transaction? The authors grapple with these and dozens of equally curious questions while explaining the most principled, lucid, and reliable techniques for deriving meaning from authoritative texts. Meanwhile, the book takes up some of the most controversial issues in modern jurisprudence. What, exactly, is `textualism?` Why is `strict construction` a bad thing? What is the true doctrine of `originalism?` And which is more important: the spirit of the law, or the letter? The authors write with a well-argued point of view that is definitive yet nuanced, straightforward yet sophisticated.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 567 pages
  • 165 x 234 x 51mm | 1,043g
  • West Publishing Co
  • Eagan, United States
  • English
  • 031427555X
  • 9780314275554
  • 129,544

Rating details

342 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 48% (165)
4 34% (115)
3 13% (43)
2 4% (14)
1 1% (5)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X