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.  See more details below

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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:
9780679723127
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1989
Edition description:
Vintage Books ed
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
126,519
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)

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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.

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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.