Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Handy Law Answer Book by David L. Hudson Jr. (Review)

Paperback: 450 pages
Publisher: Visible Ink Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1578592173

Synopsis: (As taken from back of book)

Everyday we encounter the rules of law — from the time we decide to get married, or perhaps divorced, to making purchases with our credit cards or dealing with bankruptcy. Who couldn't’t use a legal primer that answers hundreds of questions related to the history and practice of law in the United States? Let the Handy Law Answer Book help you navigate the system.

You’ll learn how to find a lawyer; what happens when you file a lawsuit or are sued by someone; what your rights in the workplace are; and what you can expect when you have your day in court. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to read those legal citations, as well as discover some fascinating — and quirky — legal cases.

Combining practical legal tips with an exhaustive overview of the law in the United States, the Handy Law Answer Book provides a history of the U.S. legal system, including the personalities who shaped it. You’ll get an introduction to various laws, important cases, court opinions, and how they all might affect you.

You’ll find answers to more than 800 questions, including …

■Where did the word “tort” come from?
■How are the state court judges selected?
■Where did the first U.S. Supreme Court meet?
■How does the law define “marriage”?
■What should you do if facing too much debt?
■What is a “wobbler”?

Guest Review by Brittanie's sister Courtney:
FYI: She is considering going to Law School. :)

It is perfect for anyone considering going into the legal field or anyone who wants to learn more about our legal history. Many different topics are covered including marriage, civil, criminal, and employment law. It explains everything clearly. Anybody would be able to read and understand it. Real cases are used as examples. The book is organized and clearly defined. There are many facts that the average person might not know and would be interesting in learning.This would be a good resource for teachers to use in the classroom especially history and government classes. I would be interesting in reading future books by this author. Highly Recommended.

About the Author: (As taken from the press release)
David L. Hudson, Jr. is the author or co-author of 24 books including The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book, The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy, and (as co-editor with John Vile and David Schultz) The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. He works as First Amendment Scholar for the First Amendment Center and teaches classes at Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville School of Law, and Middle Tennessee State University. Hudson earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He resides in the Middle Tennessee area with his wife, Carla, and two dogs, Gloria and Gucci.
Review copy provided free of charge by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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