Schwartz's 
Ten Greatest
Law Books


Oliver Wendell Holmes

In his A Book of Legal Lists (1997), Bernard Schwartz devotes about two pages each to a description of the ten law books that he considers the greatest ever written. The list of these books is as follows.

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1 Alexander Hamilton, 
James Madison, John Jay
The Federalist. 1777, 1778
2 James Kent Commentaries on American Law. 1826-30
3 Joseph Story Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. 1833
4 Thomas M. Cooley A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest upon the Legislative Power of the American Union. 1868
5 Christopher Columbus Langdell A Selection of Cases on the Law of Contracts. 1871
6 Oliver Wendell Holmes The Common Law. 1881
7 Benjamin N. Cardozo The Nature of the Judicial Process. 1921
8 Jerome N. Frank Law and the Modern Mind. 1930
9 James C. Carter Law: Its Origin, Growth and Function. 1907
10 Richard A. Posner Economic Analysis of Law. 1973

 
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