- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC (August 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610270002
- ISBN-13: 978-1610270007
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,495,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book itself is exceptionally dense and requires a significantly broad legal history background to fully appreciate its efforts. Holmes was among the first legal scholars to make use of the medieval English year books (something he regrettably receives little credit for) and the reader will encounter frequent citations to their pages. Early on he has some interesting comments about deodands and later on torts & contracts. The scope of this work is made all the more impressive by the fact that completed it shortly before his fortieth birthday. In addition to the original text, there is a useful introduction by Holmes' biographer G. Edward White and also the annotations Holmes made in his personal copy of the work. The only regrettable feature of this new edition is that it changes the numbering of the pages compared to prior editions, and hence makes cross-referencing of citations in other pieces of scholarship difficult. That said, the numbering is not so different that it is more than approximately a half-dozen pages off, so if you known what you are generally looking for, it is easily located.
This is not a work meant to be read quickly, but if you are looking for the preeminent American legal publication of all time, look no further.
It begins with a young woman (Valerie) asking a successful upper class artist (Louis) whether he needs a model. As you can imagine, they fall in love.
This book is not an easy read; there are too many monologues and descriptions. But it was fascinating to read about Louis and Valerie's love for each other and the sacrifices they are willing to make. I would appreciate anyone's theory on the title of the book. I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. See? I need that book club for feedback.
- posted by Poore Richard's wyfe
Law emerged from the need to get away from revenge/feud dynamics. And it originated during times when most people couldn't write, so the issue of proving a case (such as in a agreement) is troublesome (especially in times when plagues and such could kill witnesses at any time). The world is a fuzzy set, and yet the law needs to set a finite set of rules in place, so exceptions constantly challenge. The needs of the state can supercede the issue of fairness, such as in the rule that "ignorance is no excuse". Judges are generally friends of the wealthy and not compatriots of the commoner. If a man has large debts, and dies, how can his children, who were not party to the agreements, be held liable via the estate? Many such questions arise and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. tries to address the fluid basis for our legal system.