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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Sandefur Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner…Nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory…The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.”—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, dissenting in the Supreme Court case Kelo v. New London

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Kelo case created a firestorm of interest in protecting property rights. Through real-life stories and solid legal analysis, this book shows why property rights are the cornerstone of liberty and how they are protected in the US Constitution. It critically examines how courts and legislatures have diminished property rights and then lays out an agenda for protecting property rights in the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This timely and compelling book will greatly interest anyone seeking a better understanding of the state of property rights in America today. Concerned citizens and activists will find resources and inspiration in each chapter.”

    Chip Mellor, president, Institute for Justice

  • “For Tim Sandefur, property lies at the heart of every individual’s personal identity and self-worth. Read his harrowing accounts of what happens when property rights are trampled here at home, and you see that the human dimension of property rights cannot be neglected in an ongoing debate that shapes the future well-being of our nation.”

    Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School

  • “Sandefur offers constructive suggestions for legal changes that would enhance the rights of owners and restore the vision of the Framers that linked property with individual liberty. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on economic rights.”

    James W. Ely, Jr., Vanderbilt University Law School

  • “Timothy Sandefur demonstrates why private property rights are central to a stable society and economic freedom.”

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by B | 1/22/2008

    " must read for anyone interested in learning how a variety of interests - primarily government - have eroded perhaps the most important right of all - property rights. "

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About the Author

Timothy Sandefur is a staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, for which he represented the Bugryn and Pappas families in the Kelo v. New London case. He has written articles on eminent domain for the Washington Times, National Review Online, and Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. A graduate of Chapman University School of Law, he has received the Claremont Institute’s Ronald Reagan Medal for his work in public-interest law. He lives in Rescue, California.