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ELAINE CASSEL
A LEGAL BOOK THAT TOUCHES ON POLITICS, ECONOMICS, AND SOCIAL POLICY AS WELL:
A REVIEW OF LAWRENCE FRIEDMAN'S AMERICAN LAW IN THE 20TH CENTURY
FindLaw book reviewer, attorney and author Elaine Cassel assesses Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Friedman's look at Twentieth Century American law in its cultural, political, and social context. Cassel finds the book impressively broad in scope, and explains both its outlook on legal history, and why it was prescient even as to developments (such as the war on terrorism and the Enron scandal) that followed its writing.
Friday, Jul. 12, 2002

LAURA HODES
MONEY TO BURN:
A JUDGE'S NOVEL ABOUT A FICTIONAL JUDGE WHO TURNS CRIMINAL
FindLaw guest columnist, attorney and writer Laura Hodes weighs in on federal district judge James Zagel's first novel -- a legal thriller about a judge gone bad who decides to rob the Federal Reserve. In addition to assessing Zagel's skill as a writer, Hodes dissects both the main character's jaded view of judging, and his motivations for turning from imposing sentences on others to committing a momentous crime himself.
Friday, Jul. 05, 2002

DAVID LUNDSGAARD
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AND THE CULTURE WARS:
A REVIEW OF THE DEATH PENALTY: AN AMERICAN HISTORY
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney David Lundsgaard evaluates Stuart Banner's recently published history of the death penalty. Lundsgaard finds Banner extremely fair, and the book highly relevant, especially due to two recent, crucial Supreme Court death penalty decisions. Yet he also notes one area where Banner's passion shows through, and takes issue with Banner's prediction as to what will be the historical development that will finally settle the death penalty debate.
Friday, Jun. 28, 2002

ANTHONY DWORKIN
HOW MUCH OF THE WORLD IS FOR SALE?:
A REVIEW OF THE RECENT ESSAY COLLECTION MANY GLOBALIZATIONS
FindLaw bookreview and crimesofwar.org editor Anthony Dworkin discusses the new essay collection on globalization edited by Peter L. Berger and Samuel P. Huntington. Among the questions Dworkin, and the collection, take on are: Is social science methodology the best way to assess the effects of globalization? Is American culture truly taking over the world? What part do religious movements play in globalization? And what about the influence of non-American globalizing movements?
Friday, Jun. 21, 2002

MATT HERRINGTON
WHY SMART BOOKS CAN BE SO STUPID:
THE VIRTUES AND FOIBLES OF THE RECENT COLLECTION WHY SMART PEOPLE CAN BE SO STUPID
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Matt Herrington weighs in on a collection of essays that presents itself as "the first serious study of stupidity." Herrington discusses both the book's limits and its valuable insights as to different ways in which our "stupid" thinking patterns can trip us up. He also explains why these insights may often be applicable to lawyers in particular.
Friday, Jun. 14, 2002

G.J. RUSSELLO
A COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL REFERENCE WORK THAT TRANSCENDS ITS LABEL, COVERING BOTH PROCESS AND SUBSTANCE:
A REVIEW OF THE OXFORD COMPANION TO AMERICAN LAW
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney G.J. Russello evaluates the recently published Oxford Companion to American Law, edited by historian and Utah State University president Kermit Hall. Russello explains the ways in which the Companion goes beyond other legal reference works, explores its virtues and flaws, and addresses the question of whether it errs in emphasizing federal cases at the expense of state cases.
Friday, Jun. 07, 2002

ROGER CLEGG
HAIL (AND FAREWELL?) TO THE CHIEF:
A REVIEW OF AN ANTHOLOGY GIVING AN EARLY RETROSPECTIVE ON THE REHNQUIST COURT
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Roger Clegg assesses a recently published anthology of analyses of the Rehnquist Court. Clegg critiques each essay briefly, offering judgments ranging from the laudatory to the harsh to the humorous. He also discusses his favorite essay, a piece by Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, regarding the Court's jurisprudence relating to race.
Friday, May. 31, 2002

ELAINE CASSEL
ACTIVIST LAWYER MICHAEL TIGAR LOOKS BACK ON HIS CONTROVERSIAL LIFE IN THE LAW:
A REVIEW OF HIS NEW MEMOIR, FIGHTING INJUSTICE
FindLaw guest columnist and attorney Elaine Cassel reviews renowned litigator Michael Tigar's new book -- a mixture of memoir, "war stories" from past trials, and useful tips for litigators and trial lawyers. Tigar is probably best known for convincing a jury to spare the life of Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols. As Cassel discusses, his book reflects many other interesting and important trials and experiences as well -- as Tigar recounts how he lost his Supreme Court clerkship, and how he wins cases. Cassel also conducted an interview with Tigar about the book and his life, which is available on this site.
Friday, May. 24, 2002

AN INTERVIEW WITH LITIGATOR AND AUTHOR MICHAEL E. TIGAR
In Elaine Cassel's interview with the renowned litigator, Michael Tigar talks not only about his recent memoir Fighting Injustice, but also about some of the issues that have come up for lawyers during the "War on Terrorism." Should you represent a terrorist if asked? What if the government asks you to get security clearance before you are allowed to? What does the government need to prove in a conspiracy case such as the one against Zacarias Moussaoui? Tigar weighs in on these and other important questions. Meanwhile, Cassel reviews Tigar's new book elsewhere on this site
Friday, May. 24, 2002

SAM WILLIAMSON
THE PROBLEM OF THE PERFECT PROTAGONIST:
A REVIEW OF ROBERT B. PARKER'S WIDOW'S WALK: A SPENSER NOVEL
FindLaw book reviewer and attorney Sam Williamson discusses Widow's Walk, the latest installment in the much-beloved Spenser series of detective novels. The series follows a wisecracking Boston private detective as he solves different cases. This time, Spenser investigates a murder and the victim is a wealthy Bostonian. Williamson delivers a verdict on both the book itself, and the direction the series has taken.
Friday, May. 17, 2002

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