When I first got the book, I was surprised at how thin it was. You can see for yourself in the attached picture(s).
I expected to be enlighted by all sorts of bogus, outrageous, unconstitutional laws but it didn't come off this way to me. For the first half of the book, Sattley explains some of these laws but also seems to back them up; make you understand why they are there. For example, she noted how a city in Iowa began actively collecting posted garage sale signs because they were on city property, but then described how telephone poles became beaten up due to old signs and staples from old signs.
There were a few good examples of government punishing good samaritans, but I'm pretty sure I had heard most of these before. There's a chance this book would be shocking to Americans who had no idea about laws that infringe on civil liberties or how selective enforcement works. Something that turned me off a little was Sattley used Wikipedia as a source in her footnotes a few times. Granted, it was only to describe an item or something, but still.
This book mentions a number of news stories over the years of innocent Americans being punished for petty things, like the infamous unlicensed lemonade stands. I don't think the book stresses enough how serious petty legislation in the country is. There are several worse incidents that were not mentioned- for instance, New York City imprisons gun-toting flight passengers, despite them correctly obeying the TSA's policy for boarding with a gun. These incidents had been happening weekly, and law enforcement made a huge scene, as if these law-abiding citizens were big time terrorists.
The end of the book just before the field journals gets a little better when she talks more about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. She made mention of a decision in Michigan's state legislature that allows police to use drug-sniffing dogs outside the perimeter of your home, completely without a warrant and probable cause. This stood out to me.
So, in summary, the book is a quick read. Sattley has a great sense of humor about all these laws and will definitely get a few laughs out of you. I think the fact that the book is so short would make it good for average persons to get an idea of how legislation harms the country. But in all, there are better books highlighting this issue.