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Product Details

  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691120005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691120003
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The editors provide an introduction to each article, making the sophisticated scholarship more accessible and highlighting connections among articles whose subjects range from contracts to republican theory. While not everyone will agree with the editors' selections, Professors David Kennedy and William Fisher have undeniably performed a valuable service to scholars and students and have provided an important baseline for understanding legal thought."--Harvard Law Review

"[This book] is invaluable evidence that the study of law and the distinctive arguments and claims characteristic to legal practice and academia, are worthy of study as an autonomous discipline. In an age where the legal academy is increasingly moving toward a 'law and --' model of scholarship, this weighty reminder that the law warrants its own study could not be more timely."--Aziz Huq, New York Law Journal

"[W]hile this specialized and sophisticated compendium is not light summer reading, it is for the interested scholar with some legal background who wants a survey of contemporary American legal thought and the grounding to take that interest further."--George Conyne, American Studies

"There is much in this compilation to admire, and it would actually make sense to make every American law professor . . . read and ponder these pieces."--Stephen B. Presser, The American Lawyer

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"Legal thought is a much broader category, and one of more general interest to law students, than jurisprudence, but until now there has been no collection available to readers. By bringing together these classic pieces exemplifying the main themes and schools of modern American legal thought, this book will be extremely useful to any teacher of the subject."--Robert W. Gordon, Yale Law School, editor of The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LLM 2007 on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Nice to have all the texts together in one place, but errors have been injected throughout. A footnote to Ihering, "Geist des roemischen Rechts," becomes "romsichen Recht"; a quote from Ronald Dworkin, with the note from Robert Cover "emphasis in original," has the emphasis left out (it was the word "meaning"). In other words, the editors have taken texts almost entirely available on Westlaw and had them retyped with many errors. Wait for the second edition, or at least don't touch the hardcover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Haskell on March 28, 2010
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The selections from the book cover a diverse array of legal arguments, but which somehow ultimately exhibit what we might see as a shared sensibility about thinking law in American thought. The essays introducing the authors, however, are what set this book apart from other attempts in the field, and could almost function as their own original work of legal analysis/scholarship. A very important read for anyone interested in 20th century American jurisprudence, and on a personal level, re-awakened my interest in the American Legal Realists as important contemporary voices for law today. Definitely worth checking out if a law student or interested in American legal history.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Cobb on April 8, 2010
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This book offers an excellent compilation of American Legal theory. A greatest hits of sorts. Recommended.
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