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01/09/2023

The Year in Review: Originalism-Oriented Books of 2022 [Updated]
Michael Ramsey

Continuing an Originalism Blog tradition, here are last year's leading books of originalist interest, as featured on this blog (my subjective assessment).  (See here for the 2021 list).  This year I'm adding links to originalist-oriented book reviews for some of them.

Claire Rydell Arcenas (University of Montana - History), America's Philosopher: John Locke in American Intellectual Life (U. Chicago Press)

Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley), Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism (Yale University Press), reviewed by Adam White here

Edward Erler, The United States in Crisis: Citizenship, Immigration, and the Nation State (Encounter Books), reviewed by Jeffrey Polet here

Gerard Magliocca (Indiana McKinney): Washington's Heir: The Life of Justice Bushrod Washington (Oxford University Press)

Vincent Phillip Muñoz (Notre Dame): Religious Liberty and the American Founding: Natural Rights and the Original Meanings of the First Amendment Religion Clauses -- Natural Rights and the Original Meanings of the First Amendment Religion Clauses (Univ. of Chicago Press), reviewed by Steven D. Smith here

Peter M. Shane (Ohio State), Democracy’s Chief Executive: Interpreting the Constitution and Defining the Future of the Presidency (University of California Press), Yale Journal on Regulation's Notice and Comment Blog symposium on the book here

Steven D. Smith (San Diego), Larry Alexander (San Diego), James Allan (Queensland) & Maimon Schwarzschild (San Diego): A Principled Constitution?: Four Skeptical Views (Lexington Books)

Adrian Vermeule (Harvard), Common Good Constitutionalism (Polity), with a flood of reviews, including by Chris Green on this blog, Richard Reinsch here, Randy Barnett here, Mark Pulliam here, Steven D. Smith here, and William Baude & Stephen Sachs here

Peter J. Wallison & John Yoo, eds., The Administrative State Before the Supreme Court: Perspectives on the Nondelegation Doctrine (AEI Press), with a chapter by co-blogger Mike Rappaport, and reviewed by Richard Reinsch here

 I'm sure I've missed some important candidates, so I invite reader nominations.

UPDATE:  A reader suggests Kermit Roosevelt III (Penn), The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story (University of Chicago Press 2022).  Looks good to me.