From the trial of Leopold and Loeb to the courtroom drama involving football legend O.J. Simpson, the 20th century produced fascinating, often shocking cases that were topics of conversation across the United States and the world.

"Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy," a new release from the American Bar Association, puts the reader in the jury box at some of the most highly publicized, intriguing and legendary court battles of the 20th century. The book also provides an eye-opening insight into the American justice system and explores questions about the evolution of our culture, beliefs and behaviors.

Other historical trials profiled in the book involve Sacco and Vanzetti; the Scottsboro defendants; Alger Hiss; Sam Sheppard; the Nazi march in Skokie; the murder trial of Dan White; the von Bülow case; and the McMartin preschool child sex-abuse case.

"Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy" is written by Glenn C. Altschuler and Faust F. Rossi. Altschuler is the dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies and a Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. Rossi is the Samuel S. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques, Emeritus at Cornell Law School. Altschuler's op-eds and book reviews appear regularly on The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and The Conversation US. Rossi has given hundreds of lectures to lawyers and judges in the United States and Europe.

"Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy" costs $34.95 and can be ordered by calling 800-285-2221 or visiting

Published: Thu, Jan 26, 2017