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Take a front row seat at the most exciting and influential trials the world has ever seen. Spanning 2,000 years, this volume is an extraordinary survey of historic courtroom confrontations, a compelling look at how humankind has coped with and attempted to define the concept and practice of justice. It brings to life eloquent defenses, powerful prosecutions, and controversial verdicts and delves into the social, moral, and legal issues surrounding each case. Some of the many cases examined are -- The Trial of Jesus -- Joan of Arc before the Inquisition -- The Salem Witch Trials -- Alred Dreyfus versus the French Goverment. -- The Scope's Monkey Trial The vivid re-creations of the trials are supplemented by biographies of the participants, summaries of the specific legal issues, historical photographs and illustrations, and editorial commentary. This book not only opens a window onto the past but impels us to take a new look at the narure and effects of our system of justice today.