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Someday All This Will Be Yours

A History of Inheritance and Old Age

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$35.50 • £28.95 • €32.00

ISBN 9780674046887

Publication Date: 01/15/2012


368 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


A page-turner with Dickensian overtones.—Fred A. Bernstein, The New York Times blog The New Old Age

Aside from the history of development in this area of law, the book offers a social and cultural history of families caring for their elder members. This book will be of interest not only to those interested in estate law but also students and researchers of gerontology.—C. Ross, Choice

In this gem of a book, Hartog reveals the human drama of growing old and dependent, and the enduring dilemma in mixing love and economic need.—Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School

Hartog brilliantly illuminates the central role that law has played in shaping Americans’ ideas about getting old. Poignant, funny, and analytically razor-sharp, this is a groundbreaking book.—Dylan Penningroth, author of The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South

This is a disturbing book, in the best sense—a transformative book. With unique sensitivity and ingenuity, Hartog tells a profound story about the meaning of inheritance and what one owes and is owed as a member of a family, making brilliant history of seemingly eternal human predicaments.—Amy Dru Stanley, author of From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation

With empathy and captivating style, Hartog, a superb historian, offers a memorable analysis of changing family struggles over inheritance and care.—Viviana A. Zelizer, author of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy

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