Back Channel

“Stephen L. Carter’s suspenseful novel will have readers burning the midnight oil...”
- New York Journal of Books

“'Back Channel' smart, well-written and well-informed...”
- Washington Post

“Verdict: Buy if you’re into smart, plot-driven spy fiction...”
- Book Riot

“A satisfying historical thriller with some nice cliffhanging moments,”
- Kirkus Reviews

“[I]nventive historical thriller. Mr. Carter... has enclosed his exciting plot within a convincing period reconstruction thick with... real-life characters...”
- Wall Street Journal

“Back Channel by the great law professor and novelist Stephen Carter is going to be a great book.”
- Daniel Silva

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

“Abigail makes a grandly entertaining sleuth.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“And what a thriller it is!”
- Soledad O'Brien, on "Lincoln"

“A great alternative history by a great American novelist...”
- Daniel Silva, choosing "Lincoln" as one of his "sizzling summer reads"

“A smart and engaging what-if that has the virtue of being plausible.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“He’s a fantastic legal dramatist....[A]nyone should enjoy this rich political thriller that dares to imagine how events might have ricocheted in a different direction after the Civil War.”
- Washington Post

“The best legal thriller so far this year.”
- Essence Magazine

“Hot summer author.”
- USA Today

“All the juicy stew of post-Civil War Washington, with the complexities of race, class, and sex mixed in...a fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama.”
- Booklist

The Violence of Peace

“In this very important book, Stephen Carter demands, and provides, a clear-eyed ethical examination of Obama's ideas about just and unjust war - nothing less than what is worth dying for.”
- Henry Louis Gates

“Barack Obama, Bushian warmonger. That’s an oversimplification of the author’s argument, but the point remains: As noted legal scholar and novelist Carter examines the morality of war, and in particular President Obama’s theory of just war, he concludes that the continuum from Bush to current times is more continuous than disrupted. President Obama, writes the author, has failed to discontinue many of his predecessor’s practices, even ones against which he campaigned.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Distinguished Yale Law professor and bestselling author Carter (<i>The Emperor of Ocean Park</i>) examines Obama's words (particularly his invocation of the &quot;just war tradition&quot; during his Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech) and actions in order to determine his position on &quot;what he believes to be worth fighting for.&quot; Rather than vilifying Obama, who has continued the dubious war-mongering of his predecessor, Carter believes that neither Bush nor Obama had much choice, arguing that modern warfare, involving drone attacks and l”
- Publishers Weekly


“Integrity citizens rightly expect it of their leaders, who, in turn, promise it to their constituents. However, few pause to reflect on the meaning of integrity and its value in everyday life... Carter takes the time to do just thatto explain that victory without integrity is short-lived and that the long-term health of our representative democracy requires citizenship and leadership that act upon what is right, rather than what is popular.”
- Bill Bradley, U.S. Senator

“Graceful and provocative.”
- U.S. News & World Report

“Carter is the appropriate person to begin this discussion [on integrity]. He wrote with integrity long before he wrote about it.”
- New Republic


“Stephen Carter has become one of the most provocative analysts of American life since de Tocqueville, and one of the easiest to read. Civility will raise hackles, but always with civility. It's the rare writer who makes you like him even when you disagree. Stephen Carter is a rare writer.”
- John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York

“Part theology, part ethics, part political science. . . . A thoughtful and provocative book.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Civility, Stephen Carter reminds us, matters. Its foundations is in the heart and in our love and respect for our fellow human beings. Our institutions, culture, communities, and country cannot long survive the loss of this basic and essential ingredient of civilization. Nor can any of us.”
- Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

“Carter's passionate plea for the 'we' over the 'me' is most welcome and constructive. . . . Such honesty is rare from an American scholar today.”
- Chicago Tribune

“Carter not only defends the legitimacy of religious argument but provides an impressive example of how a believer may engage in civil debate with fellow citizens who do not share his faith. . . . Stephen L. Carter [is] one of America's leading public intellectuals.”
- New York Times Book Review

“Perceptive, insightful, erudite, timely, and yet profound--books just do not come any better.”
- Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Golden Rule

“Part theology, part ethics, part political science. . . . A thoughtful and provocative book.”
- Publishers Weekly

The Dissent of the Governed

“This marvelous monograph chronicles how the politics of federal appointments went awry and why it will be hard to set aright. Every reader will learn from Carter's accessible analyses of problems and deft critique of proposals. Every library, individual and institutional, will be adorned by this timely, pithy volume.”
- William Haltom Political Science Quarterly

“[Carter's] point of departure is a reading of the Declaration of Independence that stresses dissent as the criterion of government legitimacy. The extent to which government accommodates dissent is the index of citizen allegiance; if dissenters' grievances are persistently ignored, that justifies disallegiance and rebellion...Read this little book and become a better American.”
- Ray Olson Booklist

“[A] crisply argued volume...The book is, as Carter's subtitle suggests, a meditation on 'the relationship between loyalty and disobedience on the one hand and, on the other, between the recognition of the sovereign's authority and realization that the sovereign is not always right. In America, this conflict is eternal'...[Carter] provides much grit for the mill. His summary of his position stresses dissent rather than consent as lying at the heart of the question of democratic legitimacy, thereby turning political-theory-as-usual on its head.”
- Jean Bethke Elshtain Books & Culture

“In <em>Dissent of the Governed</em>, Stephen Carter points out that Americans do not believe in political trials. So, what is to be done with religious dissenters who protest the sovereign's understanding of the social contract? We cannot treat then as traitors and political subversives because that would come uncomfortably close to political trials.”
- Russell Hittinger First Things

“Carter possesses a sensitive and well-informed mind; he is independent in his judgements and at the same time almost always sensible and persuasive; he is highly serious in that he addresses fundamental issues such as those of morality, religion, and politics; he is expert in matters of public law; and finally, he is a lucid and graceful writer.”
- Glenn Tinder Religion & Public Life

“Carter celebrates reasoned dissent and urges the need for 'public moral dialogue'. Choosing examples from familiar conflicts between religion and law, he argues cogently that those in control of government today too often delegitimize the perspectives of groups, particularly religious communities, who strive to promote an alternative vision to the secular bias dominating politics, the media, and the courts...To continue a civil polity of indifference or hostility toward religious values, he warns, threatens to transform dissent into disallegiance.”
- Thomas E. Buckley Theological Studies

“There is much good sense in The Dissent of the Governed...And there is also much to praise in [Carter's] basic diagnosis of the discontent that has been bred by the overreaching of the federal government, particularly the courts...[This is an] important contribution to a heated, ongoing debate. The ministry he has chosen is a laudable one, instructing liberal sectarians in the true demands of their creed of tolerance. On these fundamental matters, his is plainly a voice for reason.”
- Gary Rosen Commentary

“Carter offers sound insights into the nature of governmental power [and] delivers a masterly attack on what he calls 'liberal constitutionalism,' that is the use of law to increase the power of the federal government for the purpose of enforcing secular values.”
- Mark Miller The Weekly Standard

“Thought-provoking observations about the relations between government--including the courts--and society's dissenters...Stephen Carter rightly rails against government hostility toward America's religious communities. He finds little legitimacy in denying government funds to religious schools and in court hostility to school prayer.”
- Forbes

“A renowned law professor at an elite liberal school, an African American, and a devout Christian, Carter has proven himself to be a natural master of contradiction...This makes Carter's new book unusually nuanced and daring...[It] offers thoughtful insights on how conflict between national morality and religious convictions affects issues such as civil rights, state funding for private schools and abortion. ”
- Publishers Weekly

“In The Dissent of the Governed...Carter eloquently rejects the claim that argument from religious morality has no place in public debate...[He] not only defends the legitimacy of religious argument but provides an impressive example of how a believer may engage in civil debate with fellow citizens who do not share his faith. His meditations on the tensions between democracy and religion display the eloquence and independence of mind that have made Stephen L. Carter one of America's leading public intellectuals.”
- Michael Lind New York Times Book Review

Jericho's Fall

“The plot builds layer upon layer, with the precision of a craftsman who knows what he’s doing. The voice is strong and pure, the narrative tight and immediate, the story intriguing and welcome. Masterful.”
- Steve Berry

“An absolute winner”
- Christopher Reich

“The best espionage novel I've come across in twenty years.”
- Lincoln Child

The Confirmation Mess

“[The author] has added...[another] provocative and thoughtful essay to his canon on modern American culture and politics. With neither a liberal nor conservative bias, he examines the problems associated with the process of nominating and confirming federal executive and judicial officers....Highly recommended.”
- Choice

“In diagnosing the problem, Mr. Carter shows a lot of good sense....But some of Mr. Carter's solutions seem tepid, and others a bit peculiar.”
- Cass R. Sunstein The New York Times Book Review

“The abuse heaped on Marshall, Bork, and, more recently, Lani Guinier is a stark reminder that the whole process deserves our attention.”
- Library Journal

The Culture of Disbelief

“Rational argument rarely seems as warm, as human, as it does in this book...Carter leads the reader to contemplate the embattled constitutional wall between the state and religion, and he does so without furor, without dogma, with only the qualities he envisions in the ideal public square: moderation, restraint, respect.”
- The New Yorker

Reflections Of An Affirmative Action Baby

“Powerfully written and persuasive.”
- David J. Garrow New York Times Book Review

“Trenchant as a legal brief, compelling as the best fiction.”
- Newsweek

Palace Council

“A page-turner ... A mystery that will give a surprising jolt to your conscience.”
- Washington Post Book World

“[A] fat, delicious, page-turning trifecta: It’s old-fashioned family saga, a political tour of several tumultuous American decades and a murder mystery.”
- Cleveland Plain Dealer

New England White

“Earthshaking ... Keeps us guessing ... right up to the intricately deployed end.”
- New York Times Book Review

“If Carter&rsquo;s first novel drew apt comparisons to Scott Turow&rsquo;s legal thrillers, New England White reads more like a Ross Macdonald mystery.... Carter's novel of manners within this thriller is satisfying indeed.”
- Entertainment Weekly

The Emperor of Ocean Park

“Cleverly plotted ... a fine legal&nbsp; thriller.”
- John Grisham

“A delightful, sprawling, gracefully written, imaginative work, with sharply delineated characters who dwell in a fully realized narrative world.”
- The New York Review of Books

“Full of energy...high-spirited and fleet of foot...This novel...lives on the page.”
- The New York Times Book Review

“[Carter] believes that judges too seldom see themselves as parts of the government; and that this illusion prompts them to approach many grievances as monologuists...rather than as participants in an ongoing 'conversation'...His arguments [are] forceful and interesting...[This book] deserve[s] to be read with close attention, especially in Washington, where 'the etiquette of democracy' seems, these savage days, to have plunged to an all-time low.”
- Edwin M. Yoder, Jr. Washington Post Book World