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‘A gold mine of brilliance, common sense, humility, and virtue’

That’s the assessment of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived that a distinguished academic recently passed along to me, after reading the galley version.

On October 3—exactly four weeks from today—Scalia Speaks will be published by Crown Forum, an imprint of Penguin Random House. It’s been a great pleasure for me to serve as co-editor (along with Christopher Scalia) of this book of Justice Scalia’s speeches.

Scalia Speaks is designed for a general audience and is replete with Justice Scalia’s characteristic wisdom, clarity, and humor. There are a lot of great speeches on legal topics, all readily accessible to the non-lawyer. As the subtitle suggests, we’ve included many speeches on other topics: for example, faith, character, tradition, ethnicity, education, turkey hunting, and even the games and sports that a young Nino Scalia played on the streets of Queens in the 1940s. The book also features several of the Justice’s moving, and often funny, tributes to friends.

Only a small handful of the dozens of speeches in the book have ever been published anywhere before.

My hopeful expectation is that a very broad swath of readers will find the book a delight—a joy to read and a great gift for family, friends, and colleagues. Here’s a take from one non-lawyer who reviewed the early manuscript:

Skimming through the speeches is like being bathed in a world of goodness, truth, and beauty. The humor, generosity, friendship, and love that shines from them is a balm in what is too often an ugly world.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—dear friend to Justice and Mrs. Scalia and subject of one of the Justice’s tributes—has generously volunteered a wonderful foreword, and Chris Scalia has written a poignant introduction.

Pre-order the book now. You’ll be very glad you did.

Or, better yet, get huge discounts—in the range of 40% or higher—by buying bulk orders (25+) of Scalia Speaks. Contact Owen Haney at for more information.


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