Courts Judges and Politics Author:Walter F Murphy, C. Herman Pritchett, Lee Epstein, Jack Knight This classic reader has been a best selling component of the Judicial Process/Judicial Politics/American Legal System course for years. The sixth edition has been thoroughly updated while retaining the features that made it attractive for so long: its effective structure, thorough coverage, narrative voice, choice of excerpts, and teaching flexi... more »bility.« less
Despite its length (a mainstay since the 1st edition in the 1960s), the chapter introductions are highly readable and the selections have been judiciously edited. There is enough material for a year-long course, but professors generally pick their favorites for the semester. My only complaint is the number of typos, a product of too much scanning technology and not enough human editors. The next edition, if ever, should return to hardcover.