The Bill of Rights Review

“This second edition “is an encyclopedic guide to the first ten amendments to the U.S. constitution—those collectively known as the U.S. Bill of Rights because of the important rights and liberties they were framed to protect.” This new edition has been revised and expanded “to relate to today’s current social and political climates” and is arranged in four broad sections within the two volumes: Overview of the Ten Amendments; Historical Topics and Legal Concepts; Contemporary Issues Relating to the Bill of Rights; and Court Cases. Volume 2 contains Court Cases and Appendixes (the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court Justices and the Bill of Rights, Time Line, Glossary, Select Bibliography, and Index). Each entry (for Overview, Historical Topics and Legal Concepts, Contemporary Issues, and Court Cases) is signed by contributors, experts in the field… Each entry for specific amendments includes: description, significance, and an entry discussing historical and legal background. For instance, the Fifth Amendment entry contains analysis of the Self-Incrimination Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Double Jeopardy Clause, the Grand Jury Clause, and the Takings Clause. The Historical Topics and Legal Concepts section contains entries for The Bill of Rights: A Brief History and Summary; Blaine Amendments; Constitutional Interpretation; Declaration of Independence; Federalism; Plea Bargaining; and War and the Bill of Rights. The Contemporary Issues section contains entries among which are Abortion Rights, Capital Punishment, Search and Seizure, Censorship, and Affirmative Action Programs. Court Cases entries include: name of case, citation, when announced, issues, relevant amendments, brief summary and history and implications of case. The Bill of Rights is highly recommended to public and academic libraries. It is an excellent resource for students and faculty of government and politics, social science, and law and for students studying current events. It can be used as a “quick reference” tool and as a starting point to research. Overall, this should be a key resource in reference collections.”