George R Dekle

"Bob Dekle"
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (186 of 211)
Location: Lake City, FL United States
In My Own Words:
Back in 2005 I decided to retire after a 29 year and 10 month career as an assistant state attorney. I now have a job as a legal skills professor at the University of Florida overseeing the prosecution clinic.

I have had three books published-- "Prosecution Principles: A Clinical Handbook," "The Last Murder: The Investigation, Prosecution, and Execution of Ted Bundy," and "Cross Examination Han… Read more
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,569,854 - Total Helpful Votes: 186 of 211
Introduction to Classical Legal Rhetoric: A Lost H&hellip by Michael Frost
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Over 2,000 years ago the Greeks and Romans worked out pragmatic principles of advocacy which are as applicable to the modern courtroom as they were to the Areopagus or the Forum. Prof. Frost has done superb job of demonstrating this in his excellent work. Quintilian wrote that a lawyer's presentation should be lucid, brief, and worthy of belief. Prof. Frost's work achieves all three of these qualities. The practicing attorney would do well to read this book, and then delve into some of the Classical works it cites. Cicero's "De Inventione" or the anonymous "Rhetorica ad Herennium" would be good places to start.

Two minor criticisms of the book: 1. Prof. Frost cites to the… Read more
Jesus the Nazarene: Myth or History? by Maurice Goguel
4.0 out of 5 stars A Paradoxical Book, 3 July 2007
Goguel wrote this book back in 1926 in defense of the historical verity of Jesus and his resurrection. It has been reprinted by a printing house that specializes in books hostile to the Christian faith. The introduction to the book touts it as evidence against the historicity of Jesus because Goguel admits the strengths of the arguments against Jesus' historicity and admits the weaknesses of the arguments in favor of Jesus' historicity.

Goguel does admit the strengths of opposing arguments, but feels, as I do, that his counter-arguments defeat them. Goguel further is willing to admit the weaknesses in his arguments. Such honesty is refreshing. On balance, he makes a strong case… Read more
Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity &hellip by Rodney Stark
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A lot of historical scholarship consists of perceiving historical phenomena and then working out plausible explanations for the phenomena. Such explanations are largely untested, but they often become accepted as "historical truth" when they are little more than "just so stories." The example from the final chapter of Schlesinger's "huge upswell" of popular democracy during the era of Andrew Jackson is a case in point. Going back and counting the votes from previous elections shows that the voter turnout in the Jackson era was actually lower than many previous elections.

It is all well and good to devise hypotheses to explain historical events, but they should not be accepted as… Read more