• The Spirit of the Laws

  • By: Baron De Montesquieu
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-09-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

Originally published in 1748, this is possibly the most masterful and influential book ever written on the subject of liberty and justice. Accordingly, it is a work that profoundly influenced America’s Founding Fathers. Its success was due partly to the fact that it was the first systematic treatise on politics, partly to Montesquieu’s championship of the nobility and the Parlements, but above all, to the brilliant style of his prose.
By the “spirit of the laws,” Montesquieu means their raison d’être and the conditions determining their origin, development, and forms. Montesquieu discusses numerous topics, including the general functions of government, relations between the sexes, the morals and customs of the nation, economics and religion, and the theory of law and legislative practice.
Public Domain (P)1990 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 18-01-17

Narrator difficult to follow.

I'd really like to get a sense of Montesquieu. Unfortunately this reading made it difficult.

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By Dr. Terence M. Dwyer on 12-05-17

Subject fascinating, reader not so good

Montesquieu deals with some surprisingly modern themes. Take "marriage equality". He discusses Tartars marrying their daughters, sons their mothers, polygamy and so on - modern ideas seem passé before they start! The separation of powers discussion is justly famous.

The reader is not so good, her voice is harsh and fast and thee is background noise on what is an old tape.

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