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Essential reading for everyone,
This review is from: Rule Of The Law, The (Hardcover)Lord Bingham's book, "The Rule of Law", is an articulate, thoughtful explanation of the fundamental importance the rule of law has in our democratic society. The writing style used by Lord Bingham, while making the topic easily understood by those not trained in the law, never "talks down" to the reader. Rather, the book creates the feeling of one having a relaxed conversation with a very intelligent and friendly uncle.
The importance of understanding "the rule of law", and its role in how we organize a society in which millions of people must co-exist and function, cannot be overestimated. In this troubled world with all of its various threats, there is the distinct danger that we will, albeit with the best of intentions, abandon certain fundamental principles, and thereby ultimately inflict greater harm on our long-term prospects than would the threats which we wish to counteract.
The rule of law is not some abstract legal theory, nor is it the sole possession of judges and lawyers, though the front-line protection of it falls primarily to those two groups of individuals. The rule of law belongs to "the people", and therefore the general populace and its elected representatives need to understand it. The late Lord Bingham has written a book which assists immeasurably in fostering that understanding. If the man had done nothing more in his life than write this book (which definitely and happily was not the case), he still could have stood tall.
Please read this book, and, more importantly, get your children and grandchildren to read this book.