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In my line of work (similar to the author's) the last thing I thought I would want to read or listen to was a book about law, let alone Hebrew Law. But the title sucked me in and, then, before I knew it I was hooked; hooked on the subject matter, hooked on the voice, hooked on the engaging argument and all of this even though I didn't agree with a good part of it. I think this says something about the author/reader's celebrity. Not celebrity in the Paris Hilton sense, but in the literal sense. Whatever I might think of his political views, I have to say he puts a pretty good argument, in an engaging and persuasive way. On top of that, I think he makes his points without discrimination. You don't need to be a lawyer to get into this book. You don't need to be religious and you don't need to be Jewish. You just have to suspend your belief that there is nothing to be said and you'll like it anyway.
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The title is a great description of the topics in this book. I underwent a quantum leap in my understanding of Torah/Old Testament, its legal ramifications, and foundations of Jewish thought. I have not followed the life or work of author Alan Dershowitz very closely, and I understand in various ways he is controversial. However, his exegesis here of this ancient document in legalistic terms (and of course crediting other thinkers where appropriate, and there is a long line of them), and relating it to our present justice system, is fantastic. I am making a bit of a comparative study of the Abrahamic religions, and have been helped in this also by some works by Karen Armstrong (also available here) on Christianity and Islam. I think it very important that we try to comprehend these faiths (and the history and thinking of their practitioners) on deep levels. The maintenance of lives of millions as free as possible from violence may come to depend on it. I am utterly satisfied with this book as having (brilliantly) furthered these aims.
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