The Spirit of Laws

  • Translated by Thomas Nugent
  • Runtime: 22.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 8.22.2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Philosophy
  • 22.41 hrs8/22/2011Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4551-6955-9
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Originally published in 1748, this is possibly the most masterful and influential book ever written on the subject of liberty and justice. Accordingly, it is a work that profoundly influenced America’s Founding Fathers. Its success was due partly to the fact that it was the first systematic treatise on politics, partly to Montesquieu’s championship of the nobility and the Parliaments, but above all to the brilliant style of his prose.

By the “spirit of laws,” Montesquieu means their raison d’être and the conditions determining their origin, development, and forms. Montesquieu discusses numerous topics, including the general functions of government, relations between the sexes, the morals and customs of the nation, economics and religion, and the theory of law and legislative practice.

Editorial Reviews

“Montesquieu’s perspicacity…has made and continues to make him worth reading.”

Anne M. Cohler, professor, University of Chicago

Author Biography

Baron de Montesquieu (1689–1755) was a French jurist, satirist, and political and social philosopher during the Enlightenment. His most well-known work, The Spirit of Laws, profoundly influenced European and American political thought and was relied on by the framers of the US Constitution. 

Reader Biography

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

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