- Series: Black's Law Dictionary (Standard Edition)
- Hardcover: 1810 pages
- Publisher: Thomson West; 8th edition (June 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0314151990
- ISBN-13: 978-0314151995
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having said that, I can't recommend this particular version with cheap-ish vinyl/leatherette cover and thumb indexing.
I just bought this deluxe version a few days ago for my sister who is going to enter law school in the fall. I decided that though the regular 7th version has served me well, she deserves the best. While this is surely the best, it is certainly not worth $40+ more than the regular version.
I feel like this $100 book will look like a pretty weak stand-alone present for her now that I've taken a close look at it; it's just a little underwhelming.
The cover, whatever it is, looks a little cheap and scratches and indents very easily. It already looks used and did not come sealed.
The binding and overall workmanship seems to be on par with the regular edition I looked at (and the one I own), which is to say mediocre.
The thumb indexing is a plus, and I guess that some people could desire that option enough to warrant the higher price.
Also, the paper is of noticeably higher quality, more like a nice library quality Webster's than a regular book. But I never noticed that the paper in my previous edition was lacking until Barrister Books told me.
The only other noteworthy thing about this particular version is the double take the cashier did when the price came up.
Really, I don't think you can justify that jump in price, if they could do something special for an additional $40-50 (i.e.Read more ›
The U.S. Supreme Court cited to Black's Law Dictionary in 10 of the 82 opinions it issued during the 2003-2004 session and the Minnesota Supreme Court has cited to Black's Law Dictionary in 31 opinions since 2000.
Some of the new terms in the updated eighth edition include "cyberpiracy," "cyberterrorism," "chad," "ethnic cleansing," and "grandparent rights." Earlier editions had omitted some commonplace terms such as "sidebar comment" and "senatorial courtesy."
Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner, who also authored A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage and The Elements of Legal Style, has been praised by the ABA Appellate Practice Journal as "the preeminent expert in America on good legal writing" and received the prestigious 1994 Henry C. Lind Award by the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions. Garner also received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Michigan and heads Law Prose Inc., a continuing legal education group that trains judges and attorneys in legal writing and drafting. Black's Law Dictionary is not only an excellent reference book, but it is also an effective and persuasive authority to cite in briefs.
The latest edition continues the high standard set by Henry Campbell Black, an English legal scholar who authored treatises on topics from contracts to liquor laws, who compiled the first edition of Black's Law Dictionary in 1891.
The book looks very nice on my bookshelf, and the other hardbacks that I have viewed are not much cheaper. If you are looking to save money, buy the pocket edition. But, if you are going to spend the money for a hardback, I would suggest something that is not only useful but looks nice as well.
My only problem with the book is that it does not contain the "tabs" that a normal dictionary would, seperating each letter. I am sure that the editors assume that as law students we should be able to predict where each first letter will appear in realtion to the size of the text, but still, it would be much nicer than flipping through when the only thing you want to know is what "parol" means.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great purchase exactly what they said it would be. Very Happy!Published 5 months ago by Gregory Hemphill
Not what I expected. I thought that this book would bring a different perspective of law. The definitions that it provides are no different than any other western dictionary.Published 7 months ago by Carmen Benford
Awesome. What else can be said of the black hardcover edition of Black's?Published 10 months ago by spider63