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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (135 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Narrator: Robert Morris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., is considered one of the greatest justices of the United States Supreme Court and profoundly influenced American jurisprudence, especially in the areas of civil liberties and judicial restraint. At the same time, his abilities as a prose stylist earned him a position among the literary elite.

In The Common Law, derived from a series of lectures given at the Lowell Institute in Boston, he systematized his early legal doctrines, creating an enduring classic of legal philosophy that continues to be read and consulted today. Beginning with historical forms of liability, it goes on to discuss criminal law, torts, bail, possession and ownership, contracts, successions, and many other aspects of civil and criminal law. This is a lucid, accessible, and continually relevant sourcebook for students and laymen alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is a classic in the sense that its stock of ideas has been absorbed and become a part of common juristic thought…They placed law in a perspective which legal scholarship ever since has merely confirmed.”

    Felix Frankfurter, New York Times bestselling author of Of Law and Men

  • “This famous book…resembles a necklace of splendid diamonds…[Holmes’] learning is always gracefully deployed and never degenerates into pedantry…It is amazing that so much could have been amassed by a man of thirty.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A landmark in intellectual history.”

    Mark DeWolfe Howe

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sam Snideman | 2/13/2013

    " Read in part to prime my law school experience. It's pretty dry stuff, but interesting enough if you're in to historical reviews of legal concepts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 8/8/2010

    " He's way off on the law. Something to do with a hundred years of history, and a different jurisdiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tyler | 6/16/2007

    " They say you can't go through law school without reading it . . . well, I just did, but that doesn't mean I can't still get it in before I take the bar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nick Hunt | 11/8/2003

    " It was fascinating. It was a true page turner to anyone with interest in law. He did an amazing job in describing ancient law and showing common themes in ancient and post moder law. It was a little rough with some of the old language to understand but overall great read. "

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