Gideon's Trumpet Author:Anthony Lewis By Robert F. Kennedy: "If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon had not sat down in his prison cell...to write a letter to the Supreme Court...the vast machinery of American law would have gone on functioning undisturbed. But Gideon did write that letter, the Court did look into his case...and the whole course of American legal... more » history has been changed."« less
A case study of Gideon v. Wainwright, the right to counsel for poor criminal defendants. The book covers U.S. Supreme Court procedures and step-by-step preparation for briefs and oral arguments of the case. The Epilogue covers Gideon's retrial in Florida. The movie is good, but the book is great.