Jules Archer Edward J. Bander - Essay

Edward J. Bander

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Laws That Changed America] was well conceived but poorly executed. The author gives chapters on the settlement of this country, economic measures, the Bill of Rights, laws that shaped our foreign policy, conservation laws, labor laws, anti-trust laws, health-education-welfare laws, laws for the farmer, conscription, civil rights, etc. Well over 100 laws are raced through helter-skelter, with the impression that liberalism was the guiding force behind all beneficial enactments. No attempt is made to explain how laws are passed or to distinguish between bills, acts, vetoes, joint resolutions, constitutional amendments or court cases. Citations to the acts are not given, nor is there any indication as to where they can be found. If all the reader wants is a list of memorable laws, classified as indicated above, he has it here. (p. 3192)

Edward J. Bander, in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, September 15, 1967; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company); copyright © 1967 by Xerox Corporation), September 15, 1967.

The provocative title [of The Dictators] covers a multitude, and they're not all sinners—some (Lenin, Castro, Tito) improved the life of their people, others started well but became demagogues (Ataturk, Mao, Peron, Nasser). Among the out-and-out villains are not only Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin but also such American...

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