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The Devil Himself:

A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America

"In this intriguing book, Andrew Porwancher vividly narrates a classic story of lust, seduction, rage, murder, and law in a confusing time of rapid technological and social change. Although resonating with our own age, these themes belong to a tale of the Gilded Age, when local communities tried to defend old ways against the relentless advance of modernity." —Alan Taylor, author of The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History

"An intensely personal tale that illuminates larger issues of its time and place. Andrew Porwancher deftly handles the particulars of this story of love and retribution, and he is no less able in linking his characters and their actions to the unfolding themes of life in the Gilded Age." —H.W. Brands, author of Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography

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John Henry Wigmore and the Rules of Evidence:

The Hidden Origins of Modern Law


*Scribes Award for Best Work of Legal Scholarship—Honorable Mention

“[The book] will become the standard work on the subject, and more than that, will contribute to emerging clarity in the field of early twentieth-century legal ideas more broadly.” —Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School, author of Cool War: The Future of Global Competition

“It evidences a close reading of Wigmore’s work and extensive work in the archives at Harvard and Northwestern, bringing to light a good deal of new material on the connections among important figures in ‘legal modernism.’” —Robert P. Burns, Northwestern University School of Law, author of A Theory of the Trial