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On the Bookshelves

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Professor Alan Dershowitz reveals how notable trials throughout history have helped shape the nation in "America on Trial: The Cases That Define Our History" (Warner Books, May 2004).

In "The Case for Israel" (John Wiley & Sons), Dershowitz offers "a proactive defense of Israel," including rebuttals of commonly heard accusations against the Jewish nation.

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Taking the reader up to and through controversial recent Supreme Court decisions such as the Texas sodomy case and the University of Michigan affirmative action case, Professor Charles Fried sets out to make sense of the main topics of constitutional law in "Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court" (Harvard University Press).

Professor Philip Heymann '60, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, argues in "Terrorism, Freedom, and Security: Winning Without War" (MIT Press) that diplomacy, intelligence and international law should play a larger role in U.S. counterterrorism policy than military action.

Professor David Kennedy '80 explores what can go awry when we put our humanitarian yearnings into action on a global scale--and what we can do in response--in "The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism" (Princeton University Press, May 2004).

In "Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy" (NYU Press, July 2004), Professor Duncan Kennedy argues that legal education reinforces class, race and gender inequality in our society. He proposes a radical egalitarian alternative vision of what legal education should become in this critique first self-published by Kennedy in 1983.

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down "separate but equal" standards, Professor Charles Ogletree Jr. ' 78 writes "All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education" (W.W. Norton & Co., April 2004).

Professor Mark Roe ' 75 co-edits "Convergence and Persistence in Corporate Governance" (Cambridge University Press, March 2004), which examines how global economic integration affects the different systems of corporate ownership and governance.

In "Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law" (Harvard University Press), Professor Steven Shavell provides an in-depth analysis and synthesis of the economic approach to the building blocks of our legal system.

Professor W. Kip Viscusi edits "The Risks of Terrorism" (Kluwer Academic Publishers), which draws on the expertise of researchers in several risk-related fields to address three substantive areas of concern--risk beliefs, insurance market effects and policy responses.

A comparative constitutional law and comparative legal studies scholar, Professor Emeritus Arthur T. von Mehren '45 writes "Theory and Practice of Adjudicatory Authority in Private International Law: A Comparative Study of the Doctrine, Policies and Practices of Common-and-Civil Law Systems" (Martinus Nijhoff).

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Professor Elizabeth Warren, writing with her daughter, debunks the myth of the overconsuming American in "The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke" (Basic Books). (See "Stuck in the Middle.")

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