A Dangerous Book

When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, he acknowledged the impact of her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin—or so at least the story goes. Legend has it that he greeted Stowe with the words, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”
Divided though we are these days, it’s hard to believe that America in 2017 is as close to civil war as the nation was when Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1852. Still, if open conflict between left and right ever does break out, one of the people nominated for the role of Stowe will be a mild and thoughtful Columbia University law professor named Philip Hamburger. The Administrative Threat, Hamburger’s latest book, is the most dangerous text published in America in decades—the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of our time.
Perhaps I’m exaggerating. Probably I’m exaggerating. A small study of law, The Administrative Threat

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