Sherrow breathes life into her contribution to the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series by revealing the people behind the laws. "From time to time throughout history, individuals have taken actions that have the capacity to dramatically affect society," she writes, and Clarence E. Gideon, convicted of burglary without the aid of counsel, was such an individual. Despite his eighth-grade education and the shocking red tape that twisted around him, Gideon eventually won the right to counsel for all people accused in criminal cases. Although clearly supportive of the Court's decision, Sherrow is careful to provide each side's perspective. She also explains relevant amendments, precedential Supreme Court decisions, and the Gideon decision and its repercussions with admirable conciseness, providing parenthetical explanations of jargon and discussion questions for further clarity. Photos of all the players involved lend appropriate drama to this truly landmark case".