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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling first edition of Law 101 provided a vividly written and indispensable portrait of our nation's legal system. Now, in this revised edition, Jay M. Feinman offers an updated survey of American law, spiced with new anecdotes and cases, and incorporating fresh material on topics ranging from the President's war powers, to intellectual property, standard form contracts, and eminent domain. Here is an exceptionally clear introduction to law, covering the main subjects found in the first year of law school, giving us a basic understanding of how it all works. Listeners are introduced to every aspect of the legal system, from constitutional law and the litigation process to tort law, contract law, property law, and criminal law. Feinman illuminates each discussion with many intriguing, outrageous, and infamous cases, from the scalding coffee case that cost McDonald's half a million dollars, to the sensational murder trial in Victorian London that led to the legal definition of insanity, to the epochal decision in Marbury v. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal laws unconstitutional. He broadens the listener's legal vocabulary, clarifying the meaning of everything from "due process" and "equal protection" in constitutional law, to the distinction between "murder" and "manslaughter" in criminal law. Perhaps most important, we learn that though the law is voluminous and complex, it is accessible to all. Everyone who wants a better grasp of current legal issues - from students contemplating law school, to journalists covering the legislature or the courts, to fans of Court TV - will find here a wonderful source of information: A complete, clear, and colorful map of the American legal system.
©2010 Jay M. Feinman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tintin on 04-02-16

Great Primer on a Fluid Topic

Despite best intentions and great knowledge on the author's part and fine narration and my own desire the book couldn't hold my interest. I suspect it was the subject matter, which began to seem so much a matter of opinion that maybe there is less to learn than I expected. Though it somehow works much of the time, I guess I'll eat the sausage for now and not watch how it's made. The law is a mashup, that's what I took away from 3 or 4 chapters. I may come back to it later when I have more patience.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kirill on 03-12-15

Very brought introduction to law issues

This is as exciting as a book about law can be. The author attempts to touch upon all major areas of the law, do it thoroughly and in a language that's understandable for non-professionals.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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