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This anthology of humorous sketches and quotations by America s leading humorist, Mark Twain, covers two broad categories: law & lawyers and government & politics. Many of the less known observations and quotations are included, many of which come from Twain s abundant letters. Carefully researched and footnoted, the book includes only Twain quotations that can be verified. Footnotes are in legal format, so that they can readily be inserted into legal pleadings.
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"One of the marvels of Mark Twain's genius is that it was exhibited in such an immense array of works, many of which are not part of our common knowledge. This collection of Twain's observations on law and politics is a wonderful example: brilliant, witty and full of Twain's droll take on humanity."
-- Scott Turow
"Loved the book. Ken Bresler's collection of Twain's writing on legal subjects is a browser's delight. In Twain's time no less than our own, all of America's absurdities, vanities and arguments seemed to distill themselves into legal cases of one kind or another, and Twain was there to skewer them. Like Dickens, his great English contemporary, Twain had a keen interest in the courts, and his writing on the subject is as fresh and funny today as it was a century ago."
-- William Landay, award-winning author of Defending Jacob
"Ken Bresler has performed a public service by gathering the best and funniest of Twain's observations about the legal caste. Much of the material comes from less well-known articles that Twain wrote for newspapers and magazines. This is a must read for anyone who likes to laugh."
-- Malcolm Kushner, author of The Ultimate Lawyer Quote Book
"Mark Twain may have been the most litigious author in American history. He was also a critic of the legal system, repeatedly lampooning the insanity defense and ridiculing the system of jury selection. Dozens of criminal trials figure in his books. Ken Bresler's great compilation of Twain's observations on law should be devoured by those interested in Twain, the law, or humor, which is to say, by just about everyone!"
-- Fred Shapiro, Editor, Yale Book of Quotations (Yale University Press) and Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations (Oxford University Press)
Kenneth Bresler is a lawyer and writer. He has been a trial and appellate lawyer, congressional aide, legislative candidate, and journalist -- among the professions that Twain skewered. His books include Kissing Legalese Goodbye, The Workplace Writing Workbook: Tips Designed to Stick, and Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice Professionals and Students (Charles C. Thomas). He owns and operates ClearWriting.com.
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