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The Trial

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The Trial by Sadakat Kadri
Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307432704

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Advance praise for The Trial

“A vivid, colorful, anecdote-driven, witty, and intellectually provocative history of that most ubiquitous Western institution, the criminal trial. Anyone interested in the trial’s various current pop-cultural manifestations will find this book an edifying journey as well as a fun read.”
Nadine Strossen, professor of law, New York Law School, president of the American Civil Liberties Union

“Amusing and colourful and anecdotal . . . a deeply thoughtful book of great contemporary relevance . . . Kadri’s panoramic and, yes, pragmatic viewpoint leaves the reader with moral and political insights that equip us to understand better our own disquieting times. That is a real achievement.”
The Guardian (London)

“A timely book. Kadri makes it clear how long it has taken to arrive at this supposedly high point in judicial history, and consequently fires a warning shot at those who seek to erode hard-won legal traditions.”
The Observer (London)

“Sadakat Kadri traces the development of the criminal trial through the ages . . . with verve, intelligence, humour, and clarity. . . . He tells good stories deftly managing to mix anecdote and serious analysis. An impressive performance.”
The Times (London)

“This is a work of tremendous ambition: a panoramic review of law and justice told through powerful, individual stories. The book tackles dark themes, from the history of vengeance to the modern revival of torture, but navigates the horrors with glittering prose, sparkling wit, and boundless enthusiasm. At a time when politicians are discarding and exploiting legal traditions, it should be read by anyone interested in justice and the state of world.”
Helena Kennedy, leading U.K. barrister

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