It was Alexis de Tocqueville who, when he visited the new republic for the first time, said that America was a unique country when it comes to law. Every great issue eventually comes before the courts.
With this in mind, esteemed professor and civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz looks at history through the prism of the trial, because a trial presents a snapshot of what's going on in a particular point in time of the nation's history.
What's a great trial? People will often say the trial of the moment. But those trials are often not enduring. The focus of this course is on landmark trials and the important, dramatic aspects of the history of the time in which they occurred.
©2006 Alan M. Dershowitz; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
Yes, this was so surprisingly entertaining, informative and enlightening, if there are more out there like this then I'm interested.
Any historical work of non-fiction that is also entertaining.
This is a lecture so there are not characterizations. This Professor is easy to listen to.
Better than laughing or crying it made me THINK.
I generally do not like non-fiction especially historical non-fiction, so it came as a big surprise to me just how much I enjoyed this Modern Scholar selection.
Fantastic insights provided.
Worrying that there were not going to be more cases discussed.
Clear presentations, rate, content and selection of cases were presented by an expert without bias.
The legal eagle in action
Do not miss this
I'm really enjoying this book. I'm about 90% finished but the book is so enjoyable, I am not worried about my review changing.
Dershowitz discusses the cases that have influenced our law and politics. This book is especially interesting in light of the recent Supreme Court hearings on DOMA and same sex marriage. You don't have to be a lawyer to appreciate this book, but it does make it easier.
Dershowitz discusses cases including OJ, Mike Tyson, Klaus von Bulow, and Bush v. Gore. Keep in mind that he was personally involved in some of the cases so his opinions are different than the average person. I definitely got the feeling that he thinks OJ did it - big shocker, I know.
Keep in mind that he is very left wing so take his opinions with a grain of salt if you are not.
This is like listening to a fascinating law school lecture - and that's a good thing.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
For how politically biased Alan can usually be, I think he did an EXCELLENT job of getting across the basic pros and cons to each of mthese cases. Very informative, for anyon wanting to know more about the most important cases in this nation's history.
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