“A brilliant and groundbreaking book that will fundamentally reshape the way we think about the police, criminal procedure, and American freedom.”
— Bernard E. Harcourt, author of The Counterrevolution

“A fascinating examination of how the automobile reconfigured American life, not just in terms of suburbanization and infrastructure but with regard to deeply ingrained notions of freedom and personal identity … This is what makes Seo’s book riveting.”
— Hua Hsu, New Yorker

“Remarkable … Seo’s idea is that the problem of policing cars, far from being a remote corner of the law, is central to how the jurisprudence of the Fourth Amendment (searches and seizures) took shape during the past hundred years.”
— Nathan Heller, New Yorker

“How have we gone without this book for so long?”
― John Fabian Witt, Yale Law School

“Careful scholarship is rarely so absorbing and so essential.”

― Paul Butler, author of Chokehold

“With this sweeping, smart, and stimulating account, Seo has accomplished that most coveted of historian’s aspirations: enabling her readers to see through a new lens not only the past but the present and future as well.”

― Risa Goluboff, author of Vagrant Nation

“Policing the Open Road is a fresh and revelatory work of cultural history as well as a major contribution to scholarship on policing and criminal procedure.”

― David Alan Sklansky, Stanford Law School

“With vivid prose and a lovely sense of detail and personalities, Seo tells how, from the dawn of the automotive age to the 2015 death of Sandra Bland, cars and interactions with drivers shaped the rules governing policing―not just on the road but everywhere.”

― Daniel Richman, Columbia Law School

 
 
 
 
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Listed in The New Yorker’s “What We’re Reading in the Summer of 2019”