The Ages of American Law

Grant Gilmore; With a New Foreword and Final Chapter by Philip Bobbitt

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Following its publication in 1974, Grant Gilmore's compact portrait of the development of American law from the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century became a classic. In this new edition, the portrait is brought up to date with a new chapter by Philip Bobbitt that surveys the trajectory of American law since the original publication. Bobbitt also provides a Foreword on Gilmore and the celebrated lectures that inspired The Ages of American Law.
 
 "Sharp, opinionated, and as pungent as cheddar."—New Republic
 
"This book has the engaging qualities of good table talk among a group of sophisticated and educated friends—given body by broad learning and a keen imagination and spiced with wit."—Willard Hurst

Grant Gilmore (1910–1982) was Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Philip Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University. He lives in New York.
“An exciting and lively little intellectual history of American law. Blessed with a clean and lean style, Gilmore condenses the sweep of centuries, putting movements and individual heroes into perspective.”—New York Law Journal

"Grant Gilmore's classic continues to provoke and enlighten. Phillip Bobbit carries the story forward with his characteristic sharp insights. Essential reading for understanding U.S. legal thought in the twentieth century." -- Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School

"If there is a predicate to American legal literacy, it is The Ages of American Law. Phillip Bobbitt's elegant coda brings Gilmore's master work seamlessly to our time."
-- Jamal Greene, Columbia Law School
ISBN: 9780300189919
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
248 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4