Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at the Columbia University School of Law. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, George Washington University, University of Connecticut, and Northwestern.
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This collection of essays, chosen by the Philip Hamburger from his 60 years of writing for The New Yorker, chronicles not only the people of US political life (Judge Learned Hand, Fiorello La Guardia, Dean Acheson, FDR, Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton), but also the places and events, with special emphasis on presidential inaugurations (the author has attended, he thinks, 14). Here is one man's view, both funny and serious, of the glorious diversity of American politics--and of the better angels of our nature.