The Steps to the Supreme Court: A Guided Tour of the American Legal System

  • by Peter Irons
  • Narrated by Nicholas Tecosky
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A guide to the American legal system, told through the story of two actual court cases.
The Steps to the Supreme Court takes a lively, narrative approach to the subject by following two real cases - one civil, one criminal - as they work their way through the system, all the way up to the Supreme Court. Written by a member of the Supreme Court bar, this book brings the legal system to life in a practical, accessible, and compelling way.

Covers the key legal terms, principles, and processes you need to have a basic grasp of the American legal system.
Tracks the criminal case involving the murder trial of Paul House and follows the defendant from the night of the murder through his conviction, appeals, and final chance for exoneration at the hands of the Supreme Court.
Follows a civil case concerning the Ten Commandments being displayed on public property, following the parties from the time the plaintiffs filed their complaints, through the Supreme Court decisions, and back to the aftermath in the lower courts, as they wrestle with a divided complex ruling.
Written by the author of A People's History of the Supreme Court, and other classic works on the American justice system.


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For about book about the Legal System this is ok.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is just Ok. I have not read many books about the Legal System that I like or love.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not sure how you can make the legal system enjoyable.

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Do you think The Steps to the Supreme Court: A Guided Tour of the American Legal System needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This is a subject that can always be revisited and expanded.

Any additional comments?

Good book for understanding the basics of the Legal System.

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- John Flynn II

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios