Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Beginning: The Court that Tamed the West


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Across the landscape of American institutions, the federal judiciary has consistently received the highest (by far) vote of confidence in public opinion polls.

-- from the Foreword by United States District Judge William Alsup, The Court that Tamed the West: From the Gold Rush to the Tech Boom by Richard Cahan, Pia Hinckle, and Jessica Royer Ocken, published by Heyday Books

On the morning of May 19, 1851, Ogden Hoffman Jr. prepared to enter his courtroom for the first time. He was just 20-9 years old and had been chosen as the first judge of the new United States District Court for the District of California.

-- from Chapter 1, "The Admiralty Court"

The US District Court for the Northern District of California is one of the most influential courts in America. The Court that Tamed the West is the history of the American West through an examination of the judges and of the cases heard in this court. Although legal in focus, the book is written for a general audience.


  1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing...

  2. This sounds like a book right up your alley. Not sure I would find it interesting, though.

  3. I absolutely love the title for this book but I'm not quite sure whether it is one for me! Although the legal system is really interesting and the more you know about it the more you want to know, I find! Thanks for sharing :) Have a great weekend!
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  4. Love the cover and the title.

    Will have to see if I would enjoy the content. I do like historical fiction, but not sure about courts and the judicial system.

    THANKS for sharing and happy reading.

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  5. The Court That Tamed the West. What a great title and it sound like interesting history.

  6. I find it very interesting to learn about how things worked when they first started.

  7. That sounds interesting. I like that it's accurate but still aimed at the average reader. Definitely work looking for!

  8. This could be a fairly decent read. I hope you enjoy it.


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