Yesterday I ordered a copy of Lawrence Friedman's new book, Dead Hands: A Social History of Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Law. It is summarized nicely here, and is a bit too new for book reviews. I first read Lawrence Friedman in undergrad, taking a law and sociology class. He is a wonderful writer, who can weave the legal world into a social context. I'll be posting future updates once the book arrives in my mailbox.