We are pleased to announce our 2020 Book of the Year: The Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights by Ofer Raban.

Every year we choose three books in legal non-fiction, biography, and fiction and hold a vote for which one will be added to the collection.

“The U.S. Constitution contains a series of rights and liberties operating as restrictions on the powers of government, and courts have the final authority to determine what these often nebulous restrictions require. But judges are deeply divided over the correct methodology to follow in making these determinations: different judges employ different judicial philosophies–and may consequently reach different constitutional results. Understanding these methodological disagreements is therefore crucial for anyone wishing to attain a full understanding of our constitutional law, or to appraise the legitimacy of our institutional arrangements–especially that of judicial review.”

“In The Silent Prologue, Ofer Raban provides an engaging examination of the interpretive theories judges use to reach their verdicts. Using key case histories as illustration, Raban illuminates the rationales and assumptions behind competing judicial philosophies that have far-reaching implications for the rights of American citizens.”

The Silent Prologue is available to be checked out from our Downtown location through our Pick-Up SDLL program. The other nominated books, Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden in the fiction category and American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson in the biography category, are available Downtown as well.