Which was the last country to abolish slavery?Which is the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution ever to be repealed?How did King Henry II of England provide a procedural blueprint for criminal law? These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions addressed in this beautifully illustrated book. Join author Michael H. Roffer as he explores 250 of the most fundamenWhich was the last country to abolish slavery?Which is the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution ever to be repealed?How did King Henry II of England provide a procedural blueprint for criminal law? These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions addressed in this beautifully illustrated book. Join author Michael H. Roffer as he explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often-controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our world—for good or bad. Offering authoritative context to ancient documents as well as today’s hot-button issues, The Law Book presents a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives. It covers such diverse topics as the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments, the Trial of Socrates, the Bill of Rights, women’s suffrage, the insanity defense, and more. Roffer takes us around the globe to ancient Rome and medieval England before transporting us forward to contemporary accounts that tackle everything from civil rights, surrogacy, and assisted suicide to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Google Books, and the fight for marriage equality. Organized chronologically, the entries each consist of a short essay and a stunning full-color image, while the “Notes and Further Reading” section provides resources for more in-depth study. Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light....
|Title||:||The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law|
|Number of Pages||:||528 Pages|
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The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law Reviews
As a future law student, I read this book to help give me a very basic overview of the history of law. This book succeeds in doing just that. It gives a brief 1 page summary of 250 milestones in law. The book doesn’t give a ton of information for each milestone, but it does give enough to show the basic gist of it. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get acquainted with law.
As a denizen of the United States, I feel an urgent need to compensate for past laziness and cynicism (excuses for laziness) by learning more about government, politics, economics, history, and the law. I want to be able to form my own opinions rather than accepting those of a publication, pundit, or party. In so doing, I should be able to better discuss and debate issues of importance with family and friends, and to support or oppose those that matter.The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law, part of the outstanding Sterling Milestones series, contributed substantially to my education. The milestones are well chosen to represent the evolution of law from ancient times through British common law to the modern American system. Each milestone occupies a two-page spread, with a generally interesting and useful picture on one page and a succinct, well-written account on the facing page. The pictures isolate the words and help the reader to process them.On the one hand, I am relieved that the book never attempts to patronize us with a grandiloquent account of the mighty edifice of justice, all wigs, robes, and columns. On the other hand, I was saddened to come away with a visceral disgust for a system that remains highly political, greedy, and ineffective. It works, more or less. Considering the disarray of American politics and the contempt in which politicians are held it is unsurprising that most politicians are lawyers. Their lack of scientific and technological understanding is patently obvious in the lack of scientific process in our archaic legal system and, ironically, in the absence of evidence to show what actually happens and what really works. Many decisions seem entirely arbitrary, or merely responsive to public opinion or political pressure. The mighty edifice of the law is as much about providing a well-protected living for its occupants as an effective, fair, and decent society.
A great table book which briefly discusses the major law codes and legal rulings from the oldest legal will 2550 BC to the Supreme Court of the United States rulings on The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and The legal fight for gay marriage. Each ruling, legal code, or issue is given a one page review with a footnote.There are notes and further references placed at the end of the book.The indexing is detailed and through. While the book is not a reference work for scholars and lawyers it will show the casual reader how the law affects everything from the US Constitution 1787, to first laws covering civil rights 1866, to the way we use our DVR's Time shifting and fair use 1984, and the way digital books 1999 and Google 2010 have changed the copyright laws.
Roffer provides a very handsome book for use for your living room. At the same time, he gives us the introduction to the major events in the creation and refinement of the law from ancient times to today. Roffen selects important events in the evolution of the law from Biblical times to today. Each event is summarized in a very readable one page statement. Each “case” is matched up with a work of art or a photograph that captures in non-verbal form the essence of the case. Lawyers and non-lawyers alike will find providing a very general knowledge of the law. For readers of my age, it will be a reminder of how so many Supreme Court cases changed our culture and history.
A great resource, however, I wish it also included the Laws of the Indies/ Leyes de Indias.
Easy to read, 250 examples of movement in laws from BC to present. Beautiful pictures to illustrate each of the authors selections.