The story of George Clifton Edwards who practiced law in Dallas for half a century until his death in 1961, told with affection and verve by his son, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals. The senior Edwards was a socialist and a believer in racial equality in an era when such notions were considered radical and reprehensible by the majority of his neighbors. He was a pioneering civil rights lawyer who defended the First Amendment and even took on the Ku Klux Klan, He emerges as an attractive, impressive figure -- productive, principled, with a quick wit and a deep concern for people. The younger Edwards opens with his own confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when the senators were prepared to pardon him for his father's radical sins -- but the son feels no need for such absolution. Perhaps the most appealing facet of this winning book is the warm mutual respect between father and son. This is the story Edwards fils might have told the senators if he'd had time -- his portrait of a remarkable man.