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Gideon's Trumpet
     

Gideon's Trumpet

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by Anthony Lewis
 

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A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller. More than 800,000 sold since its first pub date of 1964.

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A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller. More than 800,000 sold since its first pub date of 1964.

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ISBN-13:
9780394703152
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Llc
Publication date:
01/28/1964

What People are Saying About This

Paul A. Freund
Paul A. Freund, Harvard Law School
A warm, intimate and moving account of a lowly man's case that became a Constitutional landmark.
Robert F. Kennedy
If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon had not sat down in his prison cell…to write a letter to the Supreme Court…the vast machinery of American law would have gone on functioning undisturbed. But Gideon did write that letter, the Court did look into his case…and the full course of American legal history has been changed.

Meet the Author

Anthony Lewis was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who transformed American legal journalism. He is the author of Gideon’s Trumpet which concerned Gideon v. Wainwright, the 1963 decision that guaranteed lawyers to poor defendants charged with serious crimes. His book Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment is an account of New York Times v. Sullivan, the 1964 Supreme Court decision that revolutionized American libel law. Lewis was a New York Times reporter at the Supreme Court from 1957 to 1964 and wrote an Op-Ed column for thirty years called “At Home Abroad” or “Abroad at Home” depending on where he was writing from . He also taught at the Harvard Law School where he was a Lecturer on Law from 1974 to 1989. He has also been the James Madison Visiting Professor at Columbia University. Anthony Lewis died in 2013 at the age of 85.

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Gideon's Trumpet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been intrigued by the workings of the US Supreme Court and the idea of the Constitution as a living document. This classic book brings to life the right we now all take for granted the right to legal counsel whatever the circumstances, but in fact it was a grey area covered by the 6th and 14th amendment that was only resolved in a 1963 Supreme Court decision 'Gideon vs. Wainwright'. This fascinating legal story is the tale of Gideon, the man who (at first on his own) wrote to the Supreme Court and became a landmark decision. Lewis highlights the workings of the Court and how in fact one man can make a difference in the US legal system. Fascinating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offered a wide range of information, not only about Gideon's case but also about the workings of the Supreme Court....I really enjoyed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Lewis knows how to write a story in a way that draws you into it...but that's what newspaper reporters do, isn't it? This story shows the power of one voice to change our system...excellent reading, from the perspective of history and the legal system.