Anatomy of Cross-Examination: Second Edition

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Leonard Davies Anatomy of Cross-Examination provides an analytical view of cross-examination that should greatly alleviate many of these lawyers fears [of cross-examination].
–Larry S. Stewart, a Miami attorney and former president of the America

2 thoughts on “Anatomy of Cross-Examination: Second Edition

  1. Eduardo Katalbas
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    A very good book littered with typos and grammatical errors, March 8, 2005
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    Eduardo Katalbas (Mission Hills, Ca USA) –
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    This review is from: Anatomy of Cross-Examination: Second Edition (Paperback)

    This book locates itself somewhere in between Francis L. Wellman’s and Larry S. Pozner’s books in the broader spectrum of useful learning materials which treat cross-examination as an art, by Wellman, and as a science, by Pozner. For the price alone, this book is a bargain. But if one is serious in “learning” the subject, Pozner’s book is the way to go.

    Next time Davies revises this book, he should have it professionally edited before sending it to the printer. I have never seen a very good book (in fact, this book is so rich in substance) littered with so many typos and grammatical errors. It would be nice if a reader, who has not yet picked up this book, notes down all errors when eventually going through the book the first time, and sends the errata to the author for future publication purposes.

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  2. George R Dekle "Bob Dekle"
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Maxims of Cross Examination, August 21, 2004
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    George R Dekle “Bob Dekle” (Lake City, FL United States) –
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    This review is from: Anatomy of Cross-Examination: Second Edition (Paperback)

    Davis sets forth a series of maxims of cross examination, followed by an exposition on that maxim and (sometimes) a transcript of a cross that exemplifies the maxim. The cross exams are varied. Davies even includes the Prophet Daniel’s legendary cross examination of the Elders from the Apocryphal book of Susanna. The maxims are loosely classified under general headings, and the whole work is begun with a 40 some-odd page table of contents. The table gives each maxim in full and then gives an abstract of the exposition which follows. You get the gist of the bood reading just the table of contents.

    The best thing about this book is the price. There are better modern expositions of cross examination available, but their prices will run to approximately four times the price of this book.

    My biggest disappointment with the book is its narrowness. Davies’ first principle states that the purpose of cross examination is to cast doubt on the other side’s presentation. That is one of many different objectives you can achieve on cross examination and sometimes it is not even the most important objective you can achieve on cross examination. The over-arching objective of cross examination is to persuade the factfinder that your cause is just and that your side should prevail.

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