A Summer Reading Wish List

You, like me, probably have a fantasy list of books that you hope to read over the summer.  The books may be related to your summer scholarship plans, but likely they aren’t.  They sit on your night table or will arrive soon (once Amazon gets those pre-ordered titles in stock).  A number of books appear on my list and, amidst writing a piece with co-blogger Frank Pasquale and another with guest blogger Helen Norton, I hope to have a chance to read them: William Nelson’s The Roots of American Bureaucracy (read his glorious Americanization of the Common Law if you haven’t done so already), Martha Nussbaum’s From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law, Clay Shirkey’s Cognitive Surplus, Cory Doctorow’s Makers, Rodney Smolla’s Free Speech in an Open Society (that’s a necessary re-read for me), Barbara van Schewick’s Internet Architecture and Innovation, and Sotirios Barber and James Fleming’s Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions.  What’s on your list?  The problem with hearing from you is that my pile will no doubt grow!

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  1. Here’s part of my list:

    Alexy, Robert. A Theory of Legal Argumentation: The Theory of Rational Discourse as…. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

    Baker, C. Edwin. Media Concentration and Democracy: Why Ownership Matters. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

    Bowen, John R. Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves; Islam, the State and Public Space. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007.

    Brighouse, Harry and Ingrid Robeyns, eds. Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Cabezón, José Ignacio and Geshe Lobsang Dargay. Freedom from Extremes: Gorampa’s “Distinguishing the Views” and the Polemics of Emptiness. Somerville, MA: Wisdom, 2007.

    Colby, Frederick S., trans. The Subtlelties of the Ascension: Early Mystical Sayings on Muhammad’s Heavenly Journey. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2006.

    Frank, Richard M. Classical Islamic Theology: The Ash‘arites. Ashgate Variorum, 2008.

    French, Peter A., ed. Shared Intentions and Collective Responsibility. Wiley-Blackwell, 2006.

    Hodgson, Jacqueline. French Criminal Justice: A Comparative Account of the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime in France. Portland, OR: Hart, 2005.

    Honderich, Ted. Punishment: The Supposed Justifications. London: Pluto Press, 2005 ed.

    Honderich, Ted. Terrorism for Humanity: Inquiries in Political Philosophy. London: Pluto Press, 2005 ed.

    Kolb, Robert. An Introduction to the Law of the United Nations. Portland, OR: Hart, 2010.

    Maoz, Zeev. Defending the Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s Security & Foreign Policy. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2006.

    Marlow, Louise. Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

    May, Larry. Genocide: A Normative Account. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Miles, Stephen H. Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2009.

    Perrigo, Sarah and Jim Whitman, eds. The Geneva Conventions Under Assault. London: Pluto Press, 2010.

    Perry, Michael J. Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

    Raz, Joseph. Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

    Rhode, Deborah L. Access to Justice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

    Ritchie, Jack. Understanding Naturalism. Acumen, 2008.

    Sachedina, Abdulaziz. The Just Ruler in Shi‘ite Islam…. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

    Westerhoff, Jan. The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

    Zappalà, Salvatore. Human Rights in International Criminal Proceedings. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

  2. Spencer Waller says:

    Ron Chernow, Titan
    David Geber, Global Competition: Law, Markets and Globalization
    Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
    Alfred Appel, Jazz Modernism

  3. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    (1) Fred Schwed, Jr., Where are the Customer’s Yachts? A Good Hard Look at Wall Street (1940)

    (2) Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s (1931)

    (3) Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor (1949)

    (4) Jean Tirole, The Theory of Corporate Finance (2006)

    (5) Jeffrey Toobin, The Nine: Inside the Supreme Court (2007)

    (6) The Complete Essays of Montaigne (Donald Frame’s translation)

    The first three, re-reads, will be a striking and refreshing contrast to the fourth; the fifth is for fun; the sixth for wisdom.

  4. Danielle Citron says:

    Larry, Spencer, and Patrick, These sound fantastic! The list is getting longer now on my end though. I so look forward to getting back together online at the end of the summer to see how the list developed. Thanks so much for sharing! Danielle

  5. A.J. Sutter says:

    ● Alex Bellos, Futebol: Soccer the Brazilian Way (2002)

    ● Anne Carson, An Oresteia (2009)

    ● Christophe Fourel, ed., André Gorz : Un penseur pour le XXIe siècle (2009)

    ● Javier Marías (Margaret Jull Costa, trans.), A Heart So White (1995)

    ● Stephen L. Harp, Marketing Michelin: Advertising & Cultural Identity in Twentieth-Century France (2001)

    ● Alexander Yakobson & Amnon Rubinstein, Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish nation-state and human rights (2008)

    ● Saadia M. Pekkanen, Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO (2008)

    ● Luigino Bruni & Stefano Zamagni, eds. Dizionario di economia civile (2009)

    ● Poul Anderson, The Van Rijn Method: The Technic Civilization Saga #1 (collection, 2009)

    ● Aristotle (C.D.C. Reeve, trans.), Politics (trans. 1998)

  6. Logan Roise says:

    I think I’ll be reading some of these. Here’s my list…

    1) Ahmed Rashid, Descent into Chaos: The US & The Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, & Central Asia – Currently reading and almost done!

    2) Christoph Luxenburg, The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran

    3) George Lakoff, Moral Politics

    4) Ted Morgan, Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War

    5) Reza Aslan, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

    6) Richard Hofstadter, The Paranoid Style in American Politics

    7) David Aaronoritch, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

    8) Martin Russ, Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 (maybe my first read b/c my grandfather fought there)

  7. Frank Pasquale says:

    Great lists! I have to thank AJ for calling my attention to the new Anne Carson, which looks amazing. I am going to try to read key parts of….

    –Marmor, et al., Why are some People Healthy, and Others Not?

    –Giles Bolton, Africa Doesn’t Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent

    –Sonia Shah, Crude: The Story of Oil

    –Peter Maass, Crude World

    –Antonia Juhasz, The Tyranny of Oil

    –Rawi Abdelal, Capital Rules

    –Brandt & Rawski, eds., China’s Great Economic Transformation

    –Michel, et al., China Safari: On the Trail of China’s Expansion in Africa.

    –Joseph Berliner, The Economics of the Good Society

    –Andrew Gamble, Spectre at the Feast

    –Fold & Larsen, eds., Globalization and Restructuring of African Commodity Flows.

    –Burks, Chance, Cause, Reason: An Inquiry into the Nature of Scientific Evidence.

    But that will probably have to wait till late July. . . . wish me luck!