[Excerpt] "Lawrence M. Friedman’s Law in America: A Short History is a fascinating survey of the history of the American legal system. The book is written for both the legal professional and those interested in American legal history. Professor Friedman best summed up the book’s tenor by saying “we cannot understand American law without understanding American legal culture.”1 He then proceeds to explain the legal culture during three periods in our nation’s history and how the legal system was shaped by those times."
Andrew M. Mierins, Review of "Law in America: A Short History," by Lawrence M. Friedman, 1 PIERCE L. REV. 237 (2003). Available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol1/iss3/10