Summer Reading List

Nine faculty share their picks

Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ’97 has already started on Jonathan Franzen’s novel “Freedom,” a book that is “wonderful for conflict resolution types.” And he is looking forward to the all-new 3rd edition of Professor Emeritus Roger Fisher ’48 and William Ury’s classic, “Getting to Yes.”

Professor Charles Fried will be reading “How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer” by Sarah Bakewell, Fritz Stern’s “Five Germanys I have Known,” and Proust.

Professor Michael Klarman is looking forward to Eric Foner’s “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” Christopher Tomlins’ “Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865,” and “Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella” by Neil Lanctot.

Eric Foner’s “The Fiery Trial” also showed up on Professor Kenneth Mack’s (’91) list, along with Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” Daniel T. Rodgers’ “Age of Fracture,” and “Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide: The Role of Politics in Judging” by Brian Z. Tamanaha.

Among Dean Martha Minow’s picks are Antonio Damasio’s “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” and Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” (Briggs’ translation).

Professor Mark Roe ’75 will also be reading Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” as well as Ron Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton.”

Professor Carol Steiker ’86 is looking forward to Seth Stern ’01 and Stephen Wermiel’s “Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion,” Pauline Maier’s “Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution,” Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” Avi Steinberg’s memoir of serving as a prison librarian: “Running the Books,” and Israeli novelist David Grossman’s “To the End of the Land.”

For Professor Alan Stone, a rereading of “The Man Without Qualities,” by Robert Musil, “the neglected giant of European literature,” is at the top of his list.

Professor Jeannie Suk ’02 will be reading Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” and rereading Marcel Proust’s “A la recherche du temps perdu.”


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