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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Author’s Corner

In my last post, I tried to engage the age-old debate about the professional merits of publishing law review articles over books, and now I want to flag a few upcoming books.  (All I would note written by senior law professors).

As many of you know, this year the AALS Mid-Year Meeting is taking place in Washington D.C. at Washington College of Law at American University (with its new construction, now one of the most beautiful law schools in America).

As part of the events, the AALS Criminal Justice Section has organized a series of “Author meets Reader” forums which showcase a wealth of interesting ideas.  Some of these books you may have heard of as they are driving national conversation about criminal justice policies.  Some have yet to be published.  Some are just really excellent takes on important topics.  I list them here in no particular order, but all are worth checking out. 

I have read David Gray’s book and it is fabulous.  For more on the book, here is a YouTube link.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHUNRndaYIo

I have also read John Pfaff’s book and James Forman’s book which are both game changers in the national debate over criminal justice.   But, as you can see there is a wealth of good reads available at the AALS Criminal Justice Section Mid-Year Meeting.  Join us.

Posted by Andrew Guthrie Ferguson on May 10, 2017 at 02:00 PM | Permalink


It looks like "Snazzy Phrase: The Real Subject of the Book" is a popular title.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | May 10, 2017 2:53:58 PM

Except for using the "Too Big to Fail" mantra, and replacing "fail" with a rhyming word. That one's just gotten old.

Posted by: YesterdayIKilledAMammoth | May 10, 2017 4:23:04 PM

Don't judge a book by its title... they say... especially because it is usually picked by the publisher/editor and not the author.

Posted by: Andrew Ferguson | May 10, 2017 4:31:30 PM

Andrew Ferguson-

If the author didn't write the title, what makes you think they even wrote the book? I say, don't read a book where the author didn't write (or approve without coercion) every word from title page to end credits.

Posted by: GhostWrittenAutobiography | May 10, 2017 10:13:08 PM


What about "Too Big to Shale: Is Energy Independence Out of Our Grasp?"

Posted by: GhostWrittenAutobiography | May 10, 2017 10:15:12 PM

I will say, from my personal experience (limited to two books) that I lost the title naming battles twice. I wrote every word in the book, but had to compromise on the title.

Posted by: Andrew Ferguson | May 10, 2017 10:33:52 PM


Even better "Too Big to Sail: The Vasa's Very Short Maiden Voyage"

Posted by: YesterdayIKilledAMammoth | May 11, 2017 12:57:29 AM

Regarding the debate on whether writing books is career enhancing, I do believe that writing books did not harm Corbin's or Williston's reputation.

Posted by: Non-prof | May 11, 2017 9:13:28 AM

Both Corbin and Williston wrote their seminal works well after tenure and after years as law professors. The question of the earlier post was about junior faculty writing books. And, of course, we are talking about a vastly different legal academy today.

Posted by: Andrew Ferguson | May 11, 2017 9:23:42 AM

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