The Nonsense Factory by Bruce Cannon Gibney audiobook

The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System

By Bruce Cannon Gibney
Read by Matthew Kugler

Hachette Books 9780316475266

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549180743

  • ISBN: 9781549180729

Runtime: 17.17 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A withering and witty examination of how the American legal system, burdened by complexity and untrammeled growth, fails Americans and threatens the rule of law itself, by the acclaimed author of A Generation of Sociopaths.

Our trial courts conduct hardly any trials, our correctional systems do not correct, and the rise of mandated arbitration has ushered in a shadowy system of privatized "justice." Meanwhile, our legislators can't even follow their own rules for making rules, while the rule of law mutates into a perpetual state of emergency. The legal system is becoming an incomprehensible farce.

How did this happen? In The Nonsense Factory, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows that over the past seventy years, the legal system has dangerously confused quantity with quality and might with legitimacy. As the law bloats into chaos, it staggers on only by excusing itself from the very commands it insists that we obey, leaving Americans at the mercy of arbitrary power. By examining the system as a whole, Gibney shows that the tragedies often portrayed as isolated mistakes or the work of bad actors-police misconduct, prosecutorial overreach, and the outrages of imperial presidencies-are really the inevitable consequences of law's descent into lawlessness.

The first book to deliver a lucid, comprehensive overview of the entire legal system, from the grandeur of Constitutional theory to the squalid workings of Congress, The Nonsense Factory provides a deeply researched and witty examination of America's state of legal absurdity, concluding with sensible options for reform.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Gibney (A Generation of Sociopaths) boldly declares that these chaotic times have been long-developing in the legal realm.... A timely investigation of the 'Imperial Presidency' considers the history and dangers of executive power. Ultimately, Gibney calls for structural reform and corrective actions.... Civic-minded readers .... will enjoy this ambitious and wry polemic on America's legal system. Library Journal
Monumental and hugely entertaining...smart, funny, incisive.... "Good Law Bad Law" podcast with Aaron Freiwald
Law schools seeking a good overview could save themselves the trouble and just assign entering students [The Nonsense Factory].... A plain-English "wide-angle critique" of the legal system... Ambitious.... Non-lawyers and many attorneys, too, will certainly have a better sense of what ails our justice system after reading this book. Washington Post
[A] sweeping new study of America's legal system. Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe
Gibney is ... often funny, and his criticisms are serious, well-argued, and provocative. Publishers Weekly
A keen, lively deconstruction of the American legal system's seemingly countless flaws. Kirkus Reviews
The Nonsense Factory is a provocative polemic on the sorry state of American law. Whether you chiefly blame the Supreme Court or Congress or law professors or We The People ourselves--and whether or not you buy into every count of his indictment--Gibney's book raises serious questions about how we govern ourselves. David A. Kaplan, author of The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution
A diligent, carefully considered overview of the law and its many facets.... Gibney is an insurrectionist with a heavy mind but a light heart.... His overarching intellectual project is a deeply admirable, and indeed, a patriotic one. He's willing to take a little heat to get some new ideas out there, and he's willing to make a few enemies in the process. By applying his deeply agile mind to the seemingly intractable obstacles of our democracy, he implicitly and crucially demonstrates the belief that real solutions exist. Lawyers, Guns, and Money
Really interesting book... stirring the pot. The Young Turks
“A provocative polemic on the sorry state of American law…Raises serious questions about how we govern ourselves.” David A. Kaplan, author of The Most Dangerous Branch

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Author

Author Bio: Bruce Cannon Gibney

Author Bio: Bruce Cannon Gibney

Bruce Cannon Gibney is a venture capitalist and writer. An early investor in PayPal, he later joined Founders Fund, where he and his colleagues funded Facebook, Spotify, Palantir Technologies, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Airbnb, Lyft, and other start-ups.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 17.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English