Within a “Nation of Laws,” come to the birthplace of America’s industrial might, and see a Nation, testing and being tested by its Laws—in city streets, in factories and boardrooms, and occasionally even in courtrooms.
“Ron Schuler’s THE STEEL BAR is a magnificent tour-de-force: It weaves together history, law and powerful story-telling to produce a dramatic, readable account of the people and unexpected forces that shaped our nation’s legal system. This book belongs on the shelf of any serious student of law, history, and the role played by the bench and bar in forging America’s remarkable destiny.”
—Ken Gormley, New York Times bestselling author and President, Duquesne University
“[A] thoroughly researched and easily readable account of an untold story. Schuler takes the microcosm of the Pittsburgh legal community … to illustrate far broader social themes about the rule of law.”
—Harry Litman, ex-U.S. Attorney, professor of constitutional law at UCLA and UC San Diego, Washington Post columnist, and the creator/executive producer of the podcast “Talking Feds”
“[T]he best and most engaging history of a city bar that I’ve read in many years. Far from being just another chronicle of a local profession, THE STEEL BAR shows how Pittsburgh lawyers played leading roles in the development of national politics, economic growth and social change. It’s a great story written with verve, panache and wit that properly puts Pittsburgh at the center of the American narrative.”
—Bernard J. Hibbitts, Publisher and editor of JURIST, professor at University of Pittsburgh Law School