1. The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.
2. Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story.
3. The Least Dangerous Branch, by Alexander M. Bickel.
4. The Rise of Modern Judicial Review, by Christopher Wolfe.
5. Separation of Church and State, by Philip Hamburger.
Every list of this sort must begin with The Federalist, of course. Interestingly, Judge Samuel Alito mentioned Bickel’s book during his hearings last week, citing it as as a seminal book in the development of his legal philosophy. For my review of the Hamburger volume, go here.