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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 2nd edition; 2nd edition (January 21, 1986)
  • ISBN-10: 0671528076
  • ASIN: B000H2NBT8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,735,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Legal Research Journal The whole fabric of American legal literature is superbly integrated in the context of American legal institutions. -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman was born in 1930, educated at the University of Chicago where he earned his law degree, and admitted to the Illinois bar in 1951. He received a graduate degree from the University of Chicago Law School in English legal history. After serving in the United States Army, he practiced with a law firm in Chicago and subsequently entered the teaching profession. He has taught at St. Louis University, the University of Wisconsin, and, since 1968, at Stanford University, where he is now Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law. He is the author of Contract Law in America: A Social and Economic Case Study (1965); Government and Slum Housing: A Century of Frustration (1968); Law and the Behavioral Sciences (coeditor; 1969, 2nd edition, 1977); The Legal System: A Social Science Perspective (1975); Law and Society: An Introduction (1977); American Law and the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives (coeditor, 1978); Law and Social Change in Mediterranean Europe and Latin America (coeditor, 1979); The Roots of Justice: Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910 (coauthor, 1981); American Law (1984); Your Time Will Come (1985); and Total Justice (1985). He has contributed more than eighty articles to legal and associated journals. Professor Friedman is the past president of the Law and Society Association, and a past Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of a number of awards for writing and teaching. He is married and has two daughters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. King on April 8, 2000
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When Lawrence M. Friedman wrote his landmark "A History of American Law," he remarked that American legal history has been a neglected field. The United States, he noted, has no work of legal history comparable to Holdsworth's monumental "History of English Law." Friedman was right about our neglect of American legal history, and his attempt to remedy that neglect by writing his History remains the most authoritative history of American law. Friedman's History is not only authoritative, however. It is written with clarity and grace, and it is accessible to the general reader. Any attempt to gain a full understanding of American law will necessarily be incomplete without a careful reading of this book. It should be required reading for all law students.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2002
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I read this book prior to starting law school. It is the best introduction to the history of American law, and to the law in general. Too many lawyers look at law as a trade, and have no perspective into why or how the law has developed and evolved as it has. This hefty volume goes a long way to remedy that shortcoming. In spite of its academic rigor, it is very readable and clear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By movie fan on June 18, 2007
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Dr. Friedman's book is really quite brilliantly written. It is easy to identify his argument in each section, and it is very well supported. The book is structured in a way that makes his findings highly memorable, and he draws from a variety of interesting sources. I took his class at Stanford Law School this past semester, and this was part of the required reading - and for good reason!
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By D. Bryan on May 11, 2010
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I studied English Law as part of my degree course in England, but I've always wanted to know more about American law, especially as it looms large in the television dramas we get over here. This book is an accessible read, and gives a helpful perspective on how the law developed. It has many parallels with the books I had to read on English law history all those years ago, so I found the similarities and differences (especially with Californian Law) fascinating.
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