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The Modern Scholar: Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles That Changed Our Nation | [Alan M. Dershowitz]

The Modern Scholar: Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles That Changed Our Nation

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, which presents a snapshot of what's going on in a particular point in time of the nation's history.
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Publisher's Summary

The courtroom trial has fascinated human beings from the beginning of recorded history. Trials are theater, trials are history, and the great trials of the 20th century and beyond provide a unique window into American history and the sense of America's enduring commitment to law.

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2006 Alan M. Dershowitz; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

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    mitchell CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, US 05-28-13
    mitchell CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, US 05-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A thoroughly interesting and informative analysis"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic insights provided.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    Worrying that there were not going to be more cases discussed.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Clear presentations, rate, content and selection of cases were presented by an expert without bias.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The legal eagle in action


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss this

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    "Fascinating learning"

    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.

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-30-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Very good, Basic education on Trials"

    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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