2012 Reprint of 1904 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Francis L. Wellman was a practicing attorney in New York State as well as an assistant district attorney in New York City. Wellmann compiled many examples of cross-examination techniques from colleagues and notable attorneys on celebrated cases. Notable references include persons such as Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Cardozo, Attorney General Benjamin Butler, the Vanderbilt family and others. Well-known trial attorneys and their cross examination techniques are highlighted and interwoven with the stories of the day along with the prominent members of the legal profession, from New York City and also England. It gives colorful, interesting facts on the trial participants provides insights into various claims, disputes, marriage scandals, etc. The New York Times contrasted it with other, boring legal texts, and recommended it to both trial lawyers and non-lawyers for its entertainment value. It is filled with suspense regarding the outcomes of the compelling trials within the book. Equally suspenseful are the legal outcomes from the attempts of the attorneys to sway the juries with their erudition, wit and charm.