The study is now widely available in this new digital edition (and in paperback), adding a 2014 foreword by Harry Scheiber, professor of law and history at Berkeley. This book, he writes, “is a masterful study of the complex, extended series of confrontations between the native Indian cultures of the Yakima region and the regime of the conquering white nation. Her analysis is based on a blending of materials from rich archival sources and from the literatures of legal history, administrative history, anthropology, ecology, and cultural theory. Most remarkably, the book makes important new contributions to all these fields of scholarship.”
"In her remarkable book Land Divided by Law, Barbara Leibhardt Wester eloquently portrays the Yakama Indians of the Columbia River Basin as actors defending a threatened, living landscape from encroachments by settlers. Using federal officials and the courts to advocate for their rights, they reasserted a spiritual heritage of the earth as body, heart, life, and breath. Anyone interested in Native peoples and their interactions with Euro-Americans will want to read this lively, engaging account."
Professor of Environmental History,
University of California, Berkeley
"This is a remarkable work that brims with insight about the inter-relatedness of nature, work, law, and culture. Wester blends expertise in several different academic disciplines with a superb gift for narrative into her analysis of the Yakama people's defense of their traditional way of life. The book is a testament not only to the skill and resilience of its subjects but also to the power of the author's empathy and respect for them."
—Arthur F. McEvoy
Associate Dean for Research, and Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law,
Southwestern Law School
“Kenji Yoshino is the face and the voice of the new civil rights.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickled and Dimed
A Thousand Times More Fair is a highly inventive and provocative exploration of ethics and the law that uses the plays of William Shakespeare as a prism through which to view the nature of justice in our contemporary lives. Celebrated law professor and author Kenji Yoshino delves into ten of the most important works of the Immortal Bard of Avon, offering prescient and thought-provoking discussions of lawyers, property rights, vengeance (legal and otherwise), and restitution that have tremendous significance to the defining events of our times—from the O.J. Simpson trial to Abu Ghraib. Anyone fascinated by important legal and social issues—as well as fans of Shakespeare-centered bestsellers like Will in the World—will find A Thousand Times More Fair an exceptionally rewarding reading experience.
Would you tell the truth if it meant losing your job? Would you tell the truth if it meant challenging your government? Would you tell the truth if it meant a death sentence? What if you had to decide today? Sixteen-year-old Anne Quinn longs for adventure, but is an apprentice Illuminatrix to the King of Deneresh for whom she keeps official records. Called "Faeiries' Child" by the Grandmother who trained her in the skills of writing and languages, Anne knows nothing of her parents and vows that one day she will uncover the truth of her past. Deneresh is on the brink of war, and in a time when most are illiterate, Anne's skills are highly prized. She quickly becomes known for her brilliant work – and notorious for checking facts. Soon the King chooses her to illuminate the kingdom's divinely ordained history for all to see. But Anne's research uncovers a dark mystery. As she searches for clues, Anne joins the Truth Seekers, a secret society organized to discover a mythical race known as "the Lost Children” who may hold the key to the real history of Deneresh and also to Anne's past. Her journey will test her courage and trust in herself.
Uncovering what is true means risking the unthinkable, even facing betrayal and death. After Anne is accused of treason, can she save herself from a traitor's end?