The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law, by Michael H. Roffer
Michael H. Roffer explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching and often-controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our world—for good or bad. Offering authoritative context to ancient documents as well as today’s hot-button issues, The Law Book presents a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives.
It covers such diverse topics as the Code of Hammurabi, The Ten Commandments, The Trial of Socrates, the Bill of Rights, women’s suffrage, the insanity defense and more.
Organized chronologically, the entries each consist of a short essay and a stunning full-color image, while the “Notes and Further Reading” section provides resources for more in-depth study. Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light.
Michael H. Roffer is associate librarian for reader services and professor of Legal research at New York Law School