This is a carefully researched biography, and tells well the important story of a giant in legal history. In the closing years of Queen Elizabeth I's reign and the opening years of James I's reign Coke was a prosecutor, handling the trials of Essex, Raleigh, and the Gunpowder plotters. Then he became a judge and his most important work was performed as he became a vigorous opponent of arbitrary royal power, deciding such legal milestones as Bonham's Case (which laid the foundation for judicial review). He was an opponent of Sir Francis Bacon, and while he was ousted by Bacon he lived to see Bacon fall--a fall Bacon eminently deserved. The book is a lot more interesting than you might expect, though it does help to know some law.