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"Everything a work of this kind should be. It is comprehensive in its coverage, scrupulously fair to all contending parties, and engagingly argumentative."

"This book will undoubtedly be the essential reference on the history of originalism, and it will be an important building block toward the history of the conservative legal movement and the conservative intellectual movement."

"O'Neill has provided a rich and compelling account."

"Offers a thoughtful historical treatment of originalism within the United States."

"The work is comprehensive in its coverage, fair to all the contending parties, and argumentative in the best sense of the word."

"Excellent book... It would be nice to see the return of constitutional history to History proper. And O'Neill has provided a ready vehicle for just such a return."


"Will surely become the standard reference for scholars and students interested in the development of originalism as a theory of constitutional interpretation."