Ten Thousand Commandments: A Story of the Antitrust Laws

Harold Fleming

From the author:

This book is not for lawyers, but for people. Or, if that distinction sounds unfair to my legal friends, let’s say it’s for laymen. The lawyers may read it if they want to. I put the citations in for them.

I have tried to write it as a story, not as a thesis or a document. To me, the material makes an astonishing yarn. It is about people. It is not, at least in intention, about the law, but about lawyers; not about business, but about businessmen; and not about the government, but about government lawyers.

For these people have argued, burned the midnight oil, puzzled, squirmed, gloated, and despaired over the things related here: mostly, one might think, about the meaning of a few little words here and there in the law. But, as in chess, a few little pawns can make the players squirm, and in baseball a half-inch difference in a swing will make the difference between a home-run and a pop fly. The difference here is that, in the antitrust law, a few little words can change, not only the disposition of huge sums and the location of huge plants, but eventually, the very structure of American industry.


Ten Thousand Commandments: A Story of the Antitrust Laws by Harold Fleming
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The Foundation for Economic Education, New York, 1951