Somin’s Book Reviewed in Forbes

Professor Ilya Somin’s new book, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, has been reviewed in a Forbes opinion column by contributor George Leef. Leef recommends Somin’s book for its “sharp legal, economic, and historical analysis of the eminent domain debate.”


Ilya Somin’s new book The Grasping Hand tells the story of the legal battle in fascinating detail. Somin, a professor of law at George Mason University, succinctly recounts the facts that many readers will remember, but adds a great deal of additional detail to show many ugly but unknown truths about it. Readers discover that the case was much “dirtier” than it first appeared to be.

Somin also examines the public policy issues that grow out of eminent domain. Not only was the seizure of property in this instance unnecessary and harmful, but, he concludes, we should expect similar results in most cases. In short, using eminent domain for anything other than the paradigm of an essential road or bridge is a bad idea and shouldn’t be allowed.

We’re Still Learning The Lessons Of ‘Kelo’ Ten Years Later, Forbes, July 9, 2015. By George Leef.

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