... renovates and updates Glendon’s indictment of American 'rightsism' since the 1960s, with its own glances abroad for a better way ... [Greene's] writing makes the human stakes of otherwise abstract legal choices clear and dramatic (and with lots of good snark to lighten the mood) ... As he negotiates fairly the alternative interests at stake across a series of case studies, he demonstrates an extraordinary level of empathy toward those whom most liberals would treat as despicable political enemies. Greene shows how great a judge he himself would make, if Joe Biden is smart enough to appoint him.
... [Greene] goes beyond a bare rehearsal of pathologies: He prescribes a novel remedy. His refurbished assault on our dysfunctional rights culture is gripping, even thrilling. The proposed resolution, though, has too many gaps of logic to persuade ... He is a superb stylist. He has an eye for the withering zinger. Sometimes, he applies his irony with a shovel where a teaspoon would work. But when Greene more simply leverages his ample skill as a narrative storyteller, How Rights Went Wrong sings.
... thought-provoking ... Although the author raises legitimate arguments for modifying how rights cases are resolved, the notion that the current, imperfect process fails to reflect the original intent of the Constitution’s framers is not necessarily accurate ... Greene cites examples of other countries that follow this method, seemingly with great success. But cultures and traditions in other countries do not necessarily provide a good roadmap for this country. Would rights mediation actually work in the United States? Or will it simply leave each case up to the situational ethics of a given jury or legislature based on the peculiar facts of a case, resulting in a mishmash of results that provide no real guidance for others? Who knows?