Request a free autographed bookplate for "An Introduction to Constitutional Law"

Send us a self-addressed stamped envelope, and Randy and I will send you an autographed bookplate


On September 17, Randy Barnett and I launched our new book, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know. The reaction has vastly exceeded our already-high expectations. In less than two months, we have already sold more than 4,000 copies. The first printing was almost entirely sold out before the release date. And we are already well into the second printing. Amazon cannot keep the book in stock. (As we understand the process, Amazon only orders enough copies to fill backorders, but does not maintain excess supply.) A third printing should begin soon in advance of adoptions for the spring semester. Professors, please drop me a line if you'd like a review copy.

Randy and I have held book signings at Georgetown, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention. At each event, all of the books for sale have sold out.

Autographed Bookplate—An Introduction to Constitutional Law

We regret that many people at these events were not able to obtain a signed copy. And there are many more readers who cannot attend our events in DC. As a thank you to our readers, we will be offering free autographed bookplates. If you send me a self-addressed stamped envelope before December 31, 2019, I will mail you back an autographed bookplate:

Josh Blackman
South Texas College of Law Houston
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX 77002

If your envelope arrives before December 2, 2019, I will do my best to ensure that the bookplate is sent out in advance of Christmas. Our book makes a perfect gift for law students, college students, high school students, or anyone interested in the Constitution. If you would like more than one bookplate, please include a copy of your invoice or receipt indicating the number of copies you purchased. We will also send bookplates to people who purchased an electronic copy of the book. (I am often asked to autograph a Kindle–I usually type a note on the cover page!)

We suspect the book will soon sell out at Amazon. Even if it is backordered, please place the order, and you should receive it in due time. You can also buy the book from Barrister Books or, which receives inventory directly from the publisher.

Finally, when you receive your book, please tweet a picture with the hashtag #IntroConLaw. Randy and I will be happy to retweet you!

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  1. Good job…ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching!

    (That’s the sound of education)

    1. I would argue that influence and prestige are the major factors that motivate academics. Both are generally increased through publications and active communication in the public sphere. One only needs to look at an academics CV to see what is considered important. Noticeably absent (or maybe placed at the bottom) is any reference to teaching and students. The sound of education is a professor’s door shutting so students won’t bother him while he works on the next line to the CV

      1. To be fair, this book is meant to be studied by students.

        But I have no brief (as it were) for the academic status quo. As students seek better and cheaper options, they’ll probably go online more and hold real jobs while studying. (I can’t speak those branches of education where to have your degree recognized, you need to attend classes in physical buildings etc.)

  2. On September 17, Randy Barnett and I launched our new book, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know.

    Really? Why didn’t you say so earlier?

  3. I think Randy Barnett is one of the saviors of mankind, of course, but when did this web site become a captive of the Barnett-Blackman Self-Promotion Society? This is well past the point of embarrassment . . .

    1. Well if you are like me and have been lapping up free content from this blog stretching into decades without paying a cent for any of the content then your embarrassment level should be high enough to withstand exposure to some well deserved promotion.

      But if you are still troubled by the self promotion please tell us how much you’re pledging to Reason/Volokh annually to enjoy promotion free content. Maybe those with similar embarrassment thresholds can start kicking in at your contribution level.

  4. Can Volokh limit Josh to two posts a week?

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