"I want to echo what Zelden observes. The docket books, as Mary Tachau and others have shown, are the key to understanding the flow and nature of litigation in the courts. They also provide an excellent means of assessing the general level of business in courts and offer a guide to what really requires explanation, at least at a first level of analysis. Zelden''s own work does a nice job of this, and while he may be too modest to recommend it, I will. See Justice Lies in the District, which is one of the best histories available of a district court."--Kermit L. Hall, author of From Local Courts to National Tribunals(and a host of other major books on legal history in America)Zelden, Charles L. is the author of 'Justice Lies in the District The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1902-1960' with ISBN 9780890965207 and ISBN 089096520X.