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Gideon's Trumpet
Gideon's Trumpet
Author: Anthony Lewis
A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller. More than 800,000 sold since its first pub date of 1964.
ISBN-13: 9780679723127
ISBN-10: 0679723129
Publication Date: 4/23/1989
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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What a fascinating look at a sliver of the justice system -- one case, and how it was processed through the Supreme Court. These days we can't imagine that a person could be sent to prison for years without the benefit of legal council, if he couldn't afford it. This is the case that changed all that -- and not all that long ago, either.

I couldn't stop thinking about this book.
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This book does a good job of explaining complex legal concepts to laypeople. If you're a lawyer, it's less interesting because much of the book is like a simplified version of a Fed Courts class (stuff you already know).
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If you're interested at all by interpretation of the law, Gideon's Trumpet is a very good read. The author provides background information, explains certain pertinent legal terms, and logically lays out the story of not only this one title case, but the very workings of the United States Supreme Court circa 1963. Several times I found myself laughing and at other times being logically challenged. It is a great, entertaining book for law students and non-lawyers alike.
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I had to read this for a Political Science class. It was a fun read. Recommended!