- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107140609
- ISBN-13: 978-1107140608
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,081,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Public Practice, Private Law: An Essay on Love, Marriage, and the State
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