- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (November 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030017246X
- ISBN-13: 978-0300172461
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lawtalk: The Unknown Stories Behind Familiar Legal Expressions First Edition (US) First Printing Edition
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
"The language of the law is endlessly colorful, sometimes quite literally so: think of blue laws, green cards, blackmail and white-shoe firms. Finally we have an authoritative reference for all these terms and many more, written in a highly engaging style. Even if you're a shyster who couldn't indict a ham sandwich, at least now you'll know where those expressions came from."—Ben Zimmer, executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com and Vocabulary.com. (Ben Zimmer 2011-08-12)
“Well-researched and entertaining...a skillful mix of scholarship and readability...extensively documented with social, cultural, historic, and, of course, legal sources.”—Joan Pedzich, Library Journal (Joan Pedzich Library Journal)
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I have no basis for faulting individual entries, but many had an unexpected, although not disagreeable, political overtone. Overall, a title, as well as cover, more indicative of content would have been helpful. Most notable however, was failure to present any overarching basis for selecting terms. Moreover, grouping items would have lent coherence to an apparently random enterprise.