Summer Reading

I thought I’d post about the books that I’ve been reading lately (my tastes have not been running in the direction of law review articles).

So I finished Merlo J. Pusey’s two-volume biography of Charles Evans Hughes. It’s quite excellent and was based on extensive interviews that the author did with Hughes before he died.  What a life!  I think there is room for another biography given that this one is fifty years old, but there is a lot less room than I thought before I read this one.

Now I’m working on a book about Gouverneur Morris, the author of the Constitution’s Preamble, notorious womanizer, and man with a peg leg.  Fascinating stuff, though he did die in an especially gruesome way.  (If you want to learn how, go look at his Wikipedia page.)

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5 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    There is a lot of key historical figures who ended up in the Bronx. Richard Brookhiser wrote a book about him some years back. He said that he would be the one who’d call if you were arrested one night. Amusing interviews but found the book a bit lacking. Good luck with your effort.

  2. Miriam A. Cherry says:

    Check out writing by law prof/historian and former colleague William G. Ross at Cumberland. I think you’d enjoy.

  3. Micah Schwartzman says:

    Morris also nearly got Tom Paine killed (or at least that’s how I think it went down). Seems like a story for the silver screen.

  4. Matt says:

    What’s up w/ Morris’s funny first name? (I guess I could look at wikipedia, but this is a chance for you to show off.) It always sounded to me like his parents were hoping to inspire him to be some high official, but had a funny accent or trouble spelling- a bit like naming your kid “Doctor” or something.

  5. Joe says:

    What about his half-brother’s name? Staats Long Morris.

    One account says it is his mother’s maiden name.

    Gouverneur Morris: Author, Statesman, And Man of the World