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From the Publisher"Too little is written about the more interesting personalities of the law, particularly its most cloistered members, the judges. From amongst the thousands of potential candidates who have worked in the common law courts during the 300 years covered by this work, Professor Hutchinson has picked an eclectic mixture of eight individuals to illustrate his theme that character not learning is the key to judicial greatness. Allan's evaluations and commentary on each of them, are as idiosyncratic as the author himself, and just as entertaining."
- Honorable Mr. Justice William Ian Corneil Binnie
Supreme Court of Canada (retired)
"The book is both original and important. It will be well-received by anyone interested in law, legal institutions, and the craft of judging. More generally, Hutchinson shows how law and its personnel respond over time to changing conditions and expectations. Readers of all backgrounds will relish the human aspects of the common law and appreciate the social impact of the work of those judges whose stories are told here."
- Professor Amanda L. Tyler
George Washington University Law Schooll