Titolo: The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O. J....
Casa editrice: Random House
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
Condizione libro: New
Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The alchemy of the courtroom process has fascinated writers from Kafka to Grisham and the trial drama has been driving movies for decades, but this is the first narrative history ever written on the subject. The path that it traces begins with the trial of Socrates and then weaves a journey through the next two-and-a-half thousand years: telling tales from the papal inquisition and the witch hunts, unearthing accounts of the prosecution of abominable animals and homicidal locomotives, and describing how the modern jury trial emerged out of rituals such as trial by fire, before moving on to the show trials of Joseph Stalin, the war crimes trial since Nuremberg, and the plea-bargaining revolution of today. Kadri writes with tremendous wit, clarity, and insight, and The Trial's breathtaking historical scope is matched by its intellectual ambition: throughout we learn how age-old superstitions--often religious and mystical, sometimes even sacrificial--continue to infuse what we think of as a quintessentially rational process. As he writes, "The robes and cowls have metamorphosed into judicial gowns and priestly incantations have turned into juristic jargon, but ancient impulses still quiver around every courtroom." Although based on extensive legal and historical research, this book assumes nothing on the part of readers but curiosity and an appreciation of the absurd. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0375505504
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