About the Book:
For Sixty years this work has reigned supreme in its field. It has instructed generation of budding attorneys, renewed the resources of courtroom veterans, sharpenned the skills of interviewers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals who use questioning in their day to day work. And it has entertained untold thousands of general readers who delight in the drama of the trial. With the cross-examinations of important witnesses in some celebrated cases. Wellman, one of the great nineteenth-century trial lawyers, made his reputation in the musty New York courtrooms of the 1880s and 1890s as assistant corporation counsel and assistant district attorney. In this volume he draws upon his own experiences and the brilliant achievements of other noted lawyers to explain and exemplify the principles of questioning. He quotes extensively from many memorable cases, utilizing them to illustrate both the manner and matter of cross-examination. He takes up the handling of the perjured witness and the expert, he underscores the importance of sequence, and he offers many insights into the psychology of the witness; showing that knowing when to elicit information, and when not to, is critical to the artistry of the advocate.