FindLaw book reviewer, attorney, and James Madison Project Executive Director
Mark Zaid assesses University of Virginia professor Robert O'Neil's new
book, which contends that in recent years, the prospect of media liability
has increased, to the detriment of the First Amendment. Zaid explains, among
other points, how recent cases threaten to hold the creators of movies and
books responsible if their works are used as "instruction manuals" for
Friday, Dec. 21, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer, attorney, and author Elaine Cassel finds a recent
biography of Justice Clarence Thomas to be sharply reported but frustratingly
incomplete. Cassell notes, however, that the biography does include
intriguing details about Thomas' religious beliefs, confirmation hearings,
Friday, Dec. 14, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Matthew Herrington assesses Dean
Kotlowski's recent historical work, Nixon's Civil Rights. Herrington praises
Kotlowski's scholarship and research, but notes his ambivalence about
praising Nixon, even when praise is due, for his civil rights advances.
Friday, Dec. 07, 2001
Attorney, Georgetown law professor, and Duke public policy professor David
Dorsen reviews former FBI agent Christopher Whitcomb's insider account of
Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the training for, and toll of, being part of the FBI's
hostage rescue team. Dorsen notes that this team should interest us now more
than ever, as one of their specialities is anti-terrorism.
Friday, Nov. 30, 2001
Intellectual property attorney Sonia Kumari Katyal discusses Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig's new book, The Future of Ideas. Lessig -- a pioneer in exploring how the Internet may, and should, change intellectual property law -- discusses in his book the open source movement and other movements that challenge the idea that intellectual property should always be private property.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001
FindLaw columnist and federal prosecutor Bart Aronson reviews a recent book about one foreman's jury service on a murder case. Aronson explains why accounts of jury deliberation are now so rare, and explains the insights and limitations to be found in this one.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer and general counsel to the Center for Equal
Roger Clegg reviews William McGowan's recent book, Coloring the News: How
Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism. McGowan has
assembled evidence suggesting that coverage on issues such as racism,
ethnicity, and gender are often either slanted or marked by important
Friday, Nov. 16, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer, and attorney Joel Zand reviews
Phillip Margolin's legal thriller, The Associate. The Associate shows why,
for one young attorney, a strong work ethic might be fatal.
Friday, Nov. 09, 2001
FindLaw columnist and book reviewer Edward Lazarus discusses John Dean's recent book on President Richard Nixon's decision to nominate William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court. Lazarus weighs in on both how the book adds to the historical record, and what it tells us about Rehnquist's character.
Friday, Nov. 02, 2001
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney David Lundsgaard assesses Greg Robinson's recent book, By Order of the President, which discusses President Franklin D. Roosevelt's involvement in, and responsibility for, the military orders that led to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Lundsgaard surveys the book's answers to the question of how a President known for being exceptionally humane could nevertheless have been involved in the internment orders; notes why the book is more timely now than ever; and raises an important topic that the book omits, but should have included.
Friday, Oct. 26, 2001