When he was nearing the end of his distinguished career, one of my former law professors observed that a dramatic story of a specific case "has the same advantages that a play or a novel has over a general discussion of ethics or political theory." Ms. Houppert illustrates this point in her very first chapter.
Kamisar, Yale. "Gideon v. Wainwright a Half Century Later." Review of Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest For Poor People's Justice, by K. Houppert. Tex L. Rev. 92, no. 5 (2014): 1207-23.