"[A] love letter to the American courts, [it] focuses on eight cases where justice was ultimately served. Some of the cases are famous (the Boston Massacre soldiers, defended by John Adams), some are infamous (Randy Weaver, defended by Gerry Spence), and some are obscure (Ed Johnson, a black man lynched after his conviction for raping a white woman in 1906 Chattanooga), but all are revealing page-turners. How many readers know anything about Ernesto Miranda, whose namesake warning is a staple of prime-time cop and legal shows? Who knew that the exclusionary rule-illegally obtained evidence can't be used in court-arose from an investigation in Cleveland of someone's blowing up boxing promoter Don King's porch? [A] readable and fascinating book that's recommended for all public libraries."
-- Michael O. Eshleman, LIBRARY JOURNAL
Praise for AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN:
"Brings alive past courtroom struggles for individual rights and civil liberties, infused with drama and human interest. There is praiseworthy economy and editorial discretion in the presentation of the book's eight landmark cases, which cover the right to die, slavery, the 1950s McCarthy-era blacklists, women's suffrage, freedom of the press, free speech, access to health care, and forced sterilization. This book ought to be required reading in every law school because it shows how lawyers have been critical to the development of our democracy. It does so not through syrupy self-glorification, but rather by promoting the realization that many of the rights in our country today resulted from the tenacity and skill of lawyers in the courtroom.”
-- William Bailey, TRIAL
"An elegant and authoritative read on how lawyers, practicing their craft in the finest traditions of the legal profession, have had a dramatic impact on the evolution of our culture and history."
-- Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter
"A clear and compelling presentation of the most important civil cases in our history and the closing arguments that helped decide them. A book not just for lawyers or historians, but for any American who wants to understand how our civil rights came to be."
-- Robert K. Tanenbaum, author of Hoax
-- Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"The well-written text nicely places the cases in historical context. For those who love the law, an excellent choice."
-- Library Journal
"[O]ffers a valuable walk through landmarks of American legal history."
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Praise for LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY:
"Lawyers and nonlawyers will enjoy the passion and eloquence of these counselors; practitioners of law will find much to learn from them."
-- Don Franzen, LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"[The] arguments read like passionate poems, deftly crafted to challenge the mind and satisfy the soul.... Masterful speeches."
-- James C. Alvord, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
"For law mavens, this is a treasure."
-- Jerry Gladman, THE TORONTO SUN
"The majesty of the law stands tall in this presentation of the powerful closing arguments in ten of the most dramatic and eventful trials of modern times.... Relatively few people were present for their original delivery. Now anyone can revisit them."
-- Richard Roberts, INDIANAPOLIS STAR
"This book gives the reader a ringside view of history in courtroom drama and storytelling at its finest."
-- Dante Velasco, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
"What makes Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury enjoyable, in the end, is the variety of styles in the volume -- Spence's chatty informality; Darrow's use of the rhetorical question; Kunstler's blunt spoken tongue; Jackson's awesome solemnity....The flavor of the times comes through in the voices in the courtroom."
-- Bruce D. Brown, Legal Times