The Modern Scholar
- Law of the Land: A History of the Supreme Court
- Narrated by: Kermit Hall
- Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
- Release date: 10-27-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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By dk AC on 10-08-12
Difficult to follow
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Summary of the facts and consequences of each case. Better title for book as it is misleading.
What was most disappointing about Kermit Hall’s story?
Difficult to follow.
Any additional comments?
I have about 20 modern scholar audio books. This one is by far the most difficult to follow. It is the only one I almost stopped listening to in the middle. The title is misleading as it follows "important" cases as a way of following history. There are many facts and discussions about each justice in each case. A wrap up and less detail about each person would have helped. It was overwhelming...
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 10-12-10
Myopic but Fun; Mislabeled
It's not a history of the Supreme Court. Rather it's the Lecturer's use of ten(IIRC) cases to create an intellectual history of American Jurisprudence. It's very rhetorical. The Lecturer is looking to make his own point about the Court, so he picks cases and marshals appropriate facts (like any good lawyer) to support his view about the Court as an "ongoing Constitutional Convention." I was originally leaning towards three stars, but - while the lecturer's position is well-argued - occasionally he cuts far too sharp a read on the facts to make me wholly comfortable.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful