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ROGER CLEGG
A FAULTY DIAGNOSIS AND PRESCRIPTION FOR THE BODY POLITIC A REVIEW OF GLENN LOURY'S THE ANATOMY OF RACIAL INEQUALITY
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Roger Clegg weighs in on economist Glenn Loury's recent book on the sources of racial inequality -- including stigma -- and how to address them. While finding Loury's book provocative, Clegg takes issue with Loury on law, economics, and how inequality should be remedied.
Friday, Mar. 01, 2002

MARK S. ZAID
A TALE OF ESPIONAGE OR A GOVERNMENT WITCH HUNT?:
A REVIEW OF WEN HO LEE'S MY COUNTRY VERSUS ME
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Mark Zaid assesses former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee's personal account of the government's accusations of espionage against him, and their ultimate resolution. Zaid also discusses the various civil suits that have arisen from the accusations against Lee -- including one in which Lee is the plaintiff, another in which he is the defendant, and a third in which a colleague of Lee's (represented by Zaid) is having difficulty getting clearance for a book containing material exculpating Lee.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2002

ELAINE CASSEL
TRACING THE PATH FROM PEACE TO WAR:
A REVIEW OF HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? TERRORISM AND THE NEW WAR
FindLaw book reviewer, attorney, and author Elaine Cassel assesses a new essay collection compiled by the editor and managing editor of Foreign Affairs, James F. Hoge, Jr., and Gideon Rose. In the collection, top experts ranging from former government and military leaders to journalists and scholars look at September 11 from a host of perspectives, each of which affords different insights relating to the basic questions of how and why the attacks happened.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2002

LAURA HODES
QUITE THRILLING, BUT NOT PARTICULARLY LEGAL:
A REVIEW OF BRAD MELTZER'S "THE MILLIONAIRES"
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Laura Hodes reviews Brad Meltzer's latest thriller, The Millionaires, which concerns two basically good brothers who take a single step outside the law, stealing money that is there for the taking, and then find themselves on the run. Hodes finds the novel impressive both in its suspenseful plotting and the serious issues -- about technology, privacy, and crime detection -- it raises along the way. Hodes also interviewed Meltzer about the book for this site.
Friday, Feb. 08, 2002

DAVID LUNDSGAARD
HERO OF SAN JUAN HILL OR BLOODTHIRSTY IMPERIALIST?:
A REVIEW OF LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS'S BIOGRAPHY THEODORE ROOSEVELT
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney David Lundsgaard reviews a recent Theodore Roosevelt biography by Louis Auchincloss, which is part of a new series of "essay-length meditations" on American Presidents edited by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.. Lundsgaard takes issue with some aspects of Auchincloss's evaluation of Roosevelt -- particular his downplaying of Roosevelt's racism -- but finds the biography impressively panoramic despite its brevity.
Friday, Feb. 01, 2002

ROSS E. DAVIES
AMERICAN LEGAL REVOLUTIONS AND HOW THEY HAPPEN:
A REVIEW OF JAMES ELY'S RAILROADS & AMERICAN LAW
FindLaw book reviewer, attorney, and Green Bag editor Ross Davies weighs in on James Ely's recent book chronicling the relationship between railroads and American law. As Davies explains, Ely's book discusses more than just legal developments, spanning social and cultural developments as well, providing a full model of an American legal revolution.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2002

RUSSELL D. COVEY
IS THERE HOPE AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW?
A REVIEW OF REV. JESSE L. JACKSON SR. AND REP. JESSE L. JACKSON JR. ON THE DEATH PENALTY
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Russell Covey assesses Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future, by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and Bruce Shapiro. Covey explains that the book is a bid to form a new, stronger anti-death penalty coalition, but finds its real-life stories of miscarriages of justice in death penalty cases more persuasive than its familiar anti-death penalty arguments.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2002

SAM WILLIAMSON
WHY LAWYERS SHOULD USE CONSULTANTS TO HELP CONVINCE JURIES, NOT TO HELP SELECT THEM:
A REVIEW OF NEIL AND DORIT KRESSEL'S STACK AND SWAY
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Sam Williamson evaluates Stack and Sway, a recent book on the controversial practice of jury consulting. The book -- which Williamson finds flawed but in some respects useful -- discusses the use of consultants both to frame opening and closing arguments ("sway") and to select juries ("stack"). Among other points, the authors identify twelve factors which they claim predict whether jury consultants are likely to be effective in a given case.
Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

MATTHEW HERRINGTON
ANALYZING MARKETS FOR ACADEMIC PUNDITS:
A REVIEW OF JUDGE POSNER'S NEW BOOK ON PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Matthew Herrington assesses Judge Richard Posner's new book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline. Herrington takes strong issue with Posner's use of empirical data to examine a less-than-objective subject -- the claimed decline in the value of public intellectuals' contributions to public debate -- but finds much to praise in the book as well.
Friday, Jan. 04, 2002

RODGER D. CITRON
NOT-SO-VAST CONSPIRACIES:
A REVIEW OF ROBERT ALAN GOLDBERG'S ENEMIES WITHIN
FindLaw book reviewer, former Writ editor, and attorney Rodger Citron reviews a recent work that surveys conspiracy theories from Roswell to the grassy knoll, and from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" to the rise of the Antichrist. Citron discusses, among other points, the post-September 11 significance of our combined fondness for, and skepticism towards, conspiracy theories.
Friday, Dec. 28, 2001

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