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Law and Jurisprudence in American History: Cases and Materials (American Casebook Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0314145482 ISBN-10: 0314145486 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Series: American Casebook Series
  • Hardcover: 1196 pages
  • Publisher: West Group; 5th edition (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314145486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314145482
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,141,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Gleeson on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate to take Professor Presser's American Legal History class while I was on exchange at Northwestern University and this was our textbook.
As an Australian studying law in the US I was very interested in finding out about how the American Legal System developed. I felt the only way I could understand the present would be to look to the past and Presser's book was perfect for this purpose.
This book struck me as being exceptionally well put together; with insightful commentary on the selected readings and questions to enhance your understanding of the issues.
Perhaps the most refreshing characteristic of this book is its balance - it puts both sides of the controversial issues it considers so that we can make up our own mind.
It has given me a much deeper understanding of the American Legal System and American Society in general.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Like the reviewer below, I was one of Presser's student at Northwestern University. This book was the most important, most influential book I purchased at NU. It begins with the confrontation between Sir Edward Coke and James I about whether the common law controlled the King's prerogative. Presser exploits the drama inherent in this piece of history to set up one of the main themes in the text: if one is going to have any conception of human rights at all, the restraint of arbitrary power is fundamental; the rule of law is vital.
This book should be required reading for anyone interested in the English common law, the U.S. Constitution, or the rights of a people to throw off a government (or a politician) guilty of an abuse of power. I was a better citizen for having read it.
In the classroom, Presser's love of the law, of legal history and reasoned debate was awe-inspiring. His book re-establishes an important cultural meme that appears to have gone underground in the 21st century:
the idea that liberty can not exist unless there is law, and law can not exist without morality.
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The book arrived promptly. The outside was in very good condition. There was much more highlighting and annotations than I had expected. All pages were present and in good condition, except for the highlighting.
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