The law surrounds us. It affects the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It travels with us. It defines our relationships with the people with whom we live, work, and share space. It affects our homes and schools, our offices and stores. The law touches every aspect of our lives and even our deaths. This book explains how much of that came to pass.
From the Code of Ur-Nammu, "the first truly legislative text," issued circa 2100 BCE to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in favor of gay marriage, The Law Book examines "250 milestones in the history of law"...and, as a result, the history of humankind. Some of the topics covered in brief yet insightful one-page entries are probably familiar, like the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Others - including a watershed 1890 Harvard Law Review article "The Right to Privacy," which was published in response to yellow journalism and new photographic technology - will fascinate and perhaps even surprise you. No, it's not free legal advice, but it is a wonderful history lesson! (KG)