G. Edward White describes Patterns of American Legal Thought

G. Edward White, renowned legal historian at UVA’s law school and author of 14 books on law, legal theory, and history, has republished with Quid Pro his collection of astute  and timeless essays over the years on a variety of interesting subjects of legal concepts and history.  Patterns of American Legal Thought explores such subjects as the process, method and debates of legal history; the truth about Holmes and Brandeis; the legal realism school and its critics; the origins of tort law; appellate opinions as research sources; Brown v. Board of Education and the roles of Earl Warren and of public opinion; and the development of gay rights in U.S. constitutional law.

Available in print and eBook editions:

PAPERBACK:  See the high-quality 2010 print edition at our own eStore page, or at Amazon online. Paperback also available from Barnes & Noble, or order from YBP Library Services.

eBooks: Quality digital format, including active contents, linked footnotes, and a linked and complete Index jumping to accurate locations in the book. Care in formatting and content as part of the Legal History & Biography Series from Quid Pro.

eBook Available:  At Amazon for Kindle and apps (and the Amazon UK store here); at Smashwords in many formats including ePub, Sony and PDF; and on Apple iBooks and iTunes directly on the iPad and iPhone. (Apple users can use the Kindle and Nook apps too.) Apple previews and links it online here.

Also found at Barnes & Noble for Nook, at Kobobooks, and at the Diesel Bookstore in ePub format.

And at Google Play as an eBook for apps and Nexus, and more generally at Google Books here.


G. Edward White is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, where he teaches legal history, torts, and constitutional law.  He holds his law degree from Harvard, his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Yale, and a B.A. from Amherst College.  He joined the Virginia law faculty in 1972 after a clerkship with Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court of the United States and a year as visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation.  He has held visiting appointments at New York Law School, William & Mary School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Arizona College of Law, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Harvard Law School.  He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and twice a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and a member of the American Law Institute.  He received the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Faculty Achievement Award in 2008.

Dr. White’s books have won numerous honors and awards.  These include final listing for the Pulitzer Prize in history, the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, the James Willard Hurst Prize from the Law & Society Association, the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association, the Scribes Award, and the Association of American Law Schools’ Triennial Coif Award.  In fact, his books have garnered fifteen such honors and awards since 1976.  In addition to Patterns of American Legal Thought, these books include such internationally recognized works as The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self, and Tort Law in America. Dr. White has also written books on such diverse topics as Alger Hiss, Earl Warren, the tradition of baseball, and the expansion of the western frontier.  He frequently gives endowed lectures at law schools and at seminars for lawyers and historians.

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