Book Reviews

  • Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray

    One evening over an excellent dinner, my friend David Swinson and I were complaining about mistakes made in TV shows related to cops, crime, and corpses. Our families wholeheartedly agreed that we both spoil movies for them and gladly send us out of the room so they can watch in peace.

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  • Cognitive Biases, the Legal Academy, and the Judiciary

    It’s a pleasure to be here at Concurring Opinions. I would like to thank Dan, Sarah, and Ron for inviting me.

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    • Recommended Reading: My Favorite Book to Give Golfers

      Greetings from Boise, Idaho. I suspect most of you have never traveled here. When I practiced law one of my largest clients’ headquarters was in Boise, so I had the chance to come here frequently. I saw this description on the website: Boise is many things. Urban and outdoorsy. Wild and relaxing. That is an accurate description.
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    • Jack Absolute

      Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys was not a targeted purchase. I bought it on sale when Books-A-Million was still alive here. The cover art appealed to me. It may be difficult to see on the picture but the cover is a three-fold piece of art. The bottom is a map that portrays part of the New England states. If you look closely under the title word “Jack” you can read “Saratoga.
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    • Recommended Reading: Making Rain

      My book recommendation this week is Making Rain: The Secrets of Building Lifelong Client Loyalty by Andrew Sobel. As an aside, I think you will find his other books valuable as well. In Making Rain, Andrew Sobel tells a great story about his son’s interview with the head of admissions at a college to which he was applying.
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    • Client Development: Use Mass Customization

      Who was the most memorable speaker at one of your law firm’s retreats. For me, that speaker was Barry J. Gibbons, the former Chairman and CEO of Burger King. I came away from his presentation with many new ideas about client development. He spoke to us on Saturday morning just after a speaker from Fidelity showed us at least 100 PowerPoint slides while explaining our 401K program.
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    • Blood of the Rose by Kevin Murray

      … to hear that I found a book that surprised me because I got it wrong! Kevin Murray, the author of Blood of the Rose, is a master story-teller. Without giving away the plot or the characters, he described the actions in such a way that they applied to a few people in the story. And I had my money in the wrong basket. That is just awesome…

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    • Client Development: Use Mass Customization

      … to that description of an innovator. After hearing Mr. Gibbons speak, I had to buy his books, including: “If you want to make God really laugh, show him your business plan: The 101 Universal Laws of Business.” I laughed and I think God would also. I also found that Mr. Gibbons universal laws apply to law firms and lawyers. Over the last few years many law…

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    • Jack Absolute

      …Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys was not a targeted purchase. I bought it on sale when Books-A-Million was still alive here. The cover art appealed to me. It may be difficult to see on the picture but the cover is a three-fold piece of art. The bottom is a map that portrays part of the New England states. If you look closely under the title word…

      3 readers - Defrosting Cold Cases
    • Recommended Reading: Making Rain

      …My book recommendation this week is Making Rain: The Secrets of Building Lifelong Client Loyalty by Andrew Sobel. As an aside, I think you will find his other books valuable as well. In Making Rain, Andrew Sobel tells a great story about his son’s interview with the head of admissions at a college to which he was applying. Sobel describes…

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    • Cognitive Biases, the Legal Academy, and the Judiciary

      …It’s a pleasure to be here at Concurring Opinions. I would like to thank Dan, Sarah, and Ron for inviting me. During my visit, I hope to talk a bit about my core research areas of land use and local government law (including why you, who are statistically unlikely to be interested in either land use or local government law, should be interested…

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    • Recommended Reading: My Favorite Book to Give Golfers

      … in the match, the history of the beautiful Cypress Point golf course and, most importantly, biographies of all four players. If you enjoy golf, you will love the book. If you enjoy biographies, you will also enjoy the book. To get you started here is one of my favorite reviews of the book. The book includes a quote I particularly like. A friend…

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    • Chapter 8 of Berkshire Beyond Buffett: An Excerpt and Link

      …The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, Autonomy, from Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values; the full text of the chapter, which considers the case for Berkshire’s distinctive trust-based model of corporate governance, can be downloaded free from SSRN here. . . . Berkshire corporate policy strikes a balance between autonomy…

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    • Recommended Reading/Listening

      …Have you read or listened to the book Unbroken? If you haven’t, I urge you to read or listen to it. I listening to it. Edward Herrman was an excellent narrator. I cannot picture how I would have ever been resilient enough to endure what Louis Zamperini did. He is an inspiration for us all. He passed away at 97 this year. You can watch this CBS segment to learn more about him: Remembering the “Unbroken” spirit of Louis Zamperini.…

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    • In Light of the Madness by Hemmie Martin

      …In Light of the Madness by Hemmie Martin starts slow but once the story unfolds, the author does not hold back. Every parent’s nightmare is to survive your own child. To see them die before your eyes. To see them in the morgue after an autopsy. To answer questions to which you frankly have no answer […] The post In Light of the Madness by Hemmie…

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    • Book Review: Justice for Ella, by Pam Johnson

      … and her husband Nelse are pulled over and arrested for being black. Jewell McMahan and her husband Bryce come to their friends’ rescue by bailing them out of jail and funding their legal defense to the State’s bogus charges. The book follows the case through the legal system from Justice Court to Circuit Court to the Mississippi Supreme Court…

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    • New or forthcoming books on the Supreme Court & other related materials

      …There has never been a shortage of books on the Supreme Court, and that tradition continues as evidenced by fifteen new or forthcoming works. The new books cover a range of topics, from a critique of the current Court to an examination of the Court’s monetary decisions to books on how the traditional and electronic media cover the Court’s work…

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    • New Book: Berkshire Beyond Buffett

      …As people speculate about what will happen to Berkshire Hathaway after Warren Buffett is no longer around, I’ve written what I hope to be the definitive book explaining how Berkshire will continue to prosper, thanks to the culture that Buffett has forged at Berkshire. The book, Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values…

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