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New Book: <em>Richard Posner</em>. By William Domnarski

New Book: Richard Posner. By William Domnarski

Richard Posner. By William Domnarski. Oxford University Press 2016. ISBN: 9780199332311; 0199332312. The first biographical treatment of the enormously influential Judge Richard Posner Author has unprecedented access to Posner, as well as a wealth of relevant interview subjects and material Domnarski examines the life experience, personality, academic career, jurisprudence, and professional relationships of his subject with depth and clarity A comprehensive and accessible account of a unique judge who has dominated the way law is understood in contemporary America Judge Richard Posner is one of the great legal minds of our age, on par with such generation-defining judges as Holmes,…

New Book: <em>Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary</em>. By Richard A. Posner

New Book: Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary. By Richard A. Posner

Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary. By Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press 2016. ISBN: 9780674286030; 0674286030. Judges and legal scholars talk past one another, if they have any conversation at all. Academics couch their criticisms of judicial decisions in theoretical terms, which leads many judges—at the risk of intellectual stagnation—to dismiss most academic discourse as opaque and divorced from reality. In Divergent Paths, Richard Posner turns his attention to this widening gap within the legal profession, reflecting on its causes and consequences and asking what can be done to close or at least narrow it. The shortcomings of…

New Book: <em>Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United</em>. By  Zephyr Teachout

New Book: Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United. By Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, Harvard University Press 2014. ISBN 9780674050402. 384 pages When Louis XVI presented Benjamin Franklin with a snuff box encrusted with diamonds and inset with the King’s portrait, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to “corrupt” Franklin by clouding his judgment or altering his attitude toward the French in subtle psychological ways. This broad understanding of political corruption—rooted in ideals of civic virtue—was a driving force at the Constitutional Convention. For two centuries the framers’ ideas about corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear…

Francis Fukuyama: <em>Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy</em>.

Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.

Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. ISBN: 0374227357; 9780374227357. 弗朗西斯·福山:《政治秩序与政治衰败:从工业革命到民主全球化》 The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern state Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this…

New Book: <em>Religion without God</em>. By Ronald Dworkin

New Book: Religion without God. By Ronald Dworkin

Religion without God. By Ronald Dworkin. (罗纳德·德沃金:《没有上帝的宗教》) Harvard University Press 2013. ISBN: 9780674726826, 0674726820. 购买@亚马逊 About This Book In his last book, Ronald Dworkin addresses questions that men and women have asked through the ages: What is religion and what is God’s place in it? What is death and what is immortality? Based on the 2011 Einstein Lectures, Religion without God is inspired by remarks Einstein made that if religion consists of awe toward mysteries which “manifest themselves in the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, and which our dull faculties can comprehend only in the most primitive forms,”…

New Book: <em>The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government</em>. By Richard A. Epstein

New Book: The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government. By Richard A. Epstein

The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government. By Richard A. Epstein. Harvard University Press 2013. ISBN: 9780674724891, 0674724895. American liberals and conservatives alike take for granted a progressive view of the Constitution that took root in the early twentieth century. Richard Epstein laments this complacency which, he believes, explains America’s current economic malaise and political gridlock. Steering clear of well-worn debates between defenders of originalism and proponents of a living Constitution, Epstein employs close textual reading, historical analysis, and political and economic theory to urge a return to the classical liberal theory of governance that animated the…

New Book: <em>Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law</em>. By Teemu Ruskola

New Book: Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law. By Teemu Ruskola

Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law(《法律东方主义:中国·美国·现代法律》). By Teemu Ruskola. Harvard University Press 2013. ISBN: 0674073061, 9780674073067. Since the Cold War ended, China has become a global symbol of disregard for human rights, while the United States has positioned itself as the world’s chief exporter of the rule of law. How did lawlessness become an axiom about Chineseness rather than a fact needing to be verified empirically, and how did the United States assume the mantle of law’s universal appeal? In a series of wide-ranging inquiries, Teemu Ruskola investigates the history of “legal Orientalism”: a set of globally…

New Book: <em>The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution</em>. By Marcia Coyle

New Book: The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution. By Marcia Coyle

The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution. By Marcia Coyle. Simon & Schuster 2013. ISBN: 1451627513; 9781451627510. 购买本书@亚马逊 The Roberts Court, seven years old, sits at the center of a constitutional maelstrom. Through four landmark decisions, Marcia Coyle, one of the most prestigious experts on the Supreme Court, reveals the fault lines in the conservative-dominated Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Seven minutes after President Obama put his signature to a landmark national health care insurance program, a lawyer in the office of Florida GOP attorney general Bill McCollum hit a computer key, sparking a legal challenge…

New Book: <em>Reflections on Judging</em>. By Richard A. Posner

New Book: Reflections on Judging. By Richard A. Posner

Reflections on Judging. By Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press 2013. ISBN: 0674725085, 9780674725089 购买本书@亚马逊 In Reflections on Judging, Richard Posner distills the experience of his thirty-one years as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Surveying how the judiciary has changed since his 1981 appointment, he engages the issues at stake today, suggesting how lawyers should argue cases and judges decide them, how trials can be improved, and, most urgently, how to cope with the dizzying pace of technological advance that makes litigation ever more challenging to judges and lawyers. For Posner, legal…

新书讯:《毛:真实故事》[<em>Mao: The Real Story</em>]

新书讯:《毛:真实故事》[Mao: The Real Story]

Mao: The Real Story, by Alexander V. Pantsov & Steven I. Levine. Simon & Schuster 2012. 784 pages. ISBN: 1451654472; 9781451654479. This major new biography of Mao uses extensive Russian documents previously unavailable to biographers to reveal surprising details about Mao’s rise to power and his leadership in China. Mao Zedong was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, the most important in the history of modern China. A complex figure, he was champion of the poor and brutal tyrant, poet and despot. Pantsov and Levine show Mao’s relentless drive to succeed, vividly describing his growing role…

<em>The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution</em>. By Francis Fukuyama

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution. By Francis Fukuyama

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama. Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011. ISBN: 0374227349; 9780374227340. 购买本书@亚马逊 Description of British edition (Profile Books): Nations are not trapped by their pasts, but events that happened hundreds or even thousands of years ago continue to exert huge influence on present-day politics. If we are to understand the politics that we now take for granted, we need to understand its origins. Francis Fukuyama examines the paths that different societies have taken to reach their current forms of political order. This book starts with the very beginning…

New book: <em>The Idea of Justice</em>. By Amartya Sen

New book: The Idea of Justice. By Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice, Harvard University Press, 2009. 购买本书@亚马逊 Review The most important contribution to the subject since John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice. Sen argues that what we urgently need in our troubled world is not a theory of an ideally just state, but a theory that can yield judgments as to comparative justice, judgments that tell us when and why we are moving closer to or farther away from realizing justice in the present globalized world. –Hilary Putnam, Harvard University In lucid and vigorous prose, The Idea of Justice gives us a political philosophy that is…

理查德·波斯纳:《国家大事》

理查德·波斯纳:《国家大事》

理查德·波斯纳:《国家大事》: Richard A. Posner, An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton. (1999) New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice for Best Book of the Year, 1999. Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, 2000. President Bill Clinton’s year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict. In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a balanced and scholarly understanding of…