The following material is taken from the U.S. edition of The Trial: A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson. The extracts are only meant to provide a flavour of the book’s style, and no context for the extracts has been provided. Endnotes are omitted.


The book contains over forty woodcuts, photographs and cartoons, but for copyright reasons there are very few that I can post on this website. The alternatives that I have uploaded here are, as far as I am aware, out of copyright. If anyone has any reason to disagree, please let me know via HarperCollins (U.K.) or Random House (U.S.).