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I agree completely with Herb Johnson about the dated quality of Andrew C. McLaughlin's constitutional history. My first mentor, Henry Steele Commager, was lucky enough to have McLaughlin as his mentor, and I remember asking him about the McLaughlin history in the early 1980s. He answered that it was a very good book but it was very dated. And that was thirty years ago. The books to which I refer students today are: * Melvin Urofsky and Paul Finkelman, A MARCH OF LIBERTY: A CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, third edition (Oxford UP, 2011); * G. Edward White, THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL TRADITION, third edition (Oxford UP, 2007); and * Linda Greenhouse, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION (Oxford UP, 2012). Respectfully submitted, R. B. Bernstein -- R. B. Bernstein * Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School * Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History, Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies, City College of New York, CUNY * Member of Editorial Board, H-LAW * Member, Board of Directors, American Society for Legal History (2011-2014) * Author, THOMAS JEFFERSON (Oxford, 2003; paperback, 2005) and THE FOUNDING FATHERS RECONSIDERED (Oxford, 2009; paperback, 2011) * email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com --