Book Reviews

  • Rightful Owner by Hemmie Martin

    … children are forced to endure when parents get a divorce. A few points of critique: The author used the name Alice instead of April on pages 65 and 177 of the PDF version I was given. I hope she wasn’t thinking about killing me while writing those scenes! An avoidable mistake in forensics is made early in the book on page 14. No murder victim’s hands…

    Alice De Sturler/ Defrosting Cold Cases
  • Ask the author: Chief Judge Katzmann on statutory interpretation

    … the legislative branch thinks is important in understanding its statutes. Statutory interpretation thus became the subject of my Madison Lecture at New York University School of Law. At the suggestion of Adam Liptak of The New York Times, I expanded the lecture into a book, the resulting Judging Statutes. Question: What do you want the reader…

    1 readers - Ronald Collins/ SCOTUSblog
  • The Brand Called You: Building and Broadcasting Your Brand

    … brand, you’ve got to come to terms with power — your own. The key lesson: power is not a dirty word! In fact, power for the most part is a badly misunderstood term and a badly misused capability. I’m talking about a different kind of power than we usually refer to. It’s not ladder power, as in who’s best at climbing over the adjacent bods. It’s…

    2 readers - Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • Recommended Reading: How Will You Measure Your Life

    … In the blog I posted yesterday, I mentioned that lawyers I coach read books together and share their takeaways with each other. I know they find it a valuable experience because each reader sees something different. One book the readers found very valuable was How Will You Measure Your Life? by Harvard Business School professor, Clay Christensen…

    3 readers - Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • Recommended Reading: Are you reading about the great ones?

    … Are you reading about the great lawyers who practiced law before you? I was inspired to become a lawyer and I was inspired to become a better lawyer when I read about the great lawyers from the past and present? I am not sure young lawyers are doing it today. So, I wanted to recommend some books for you. The Story Of My LifeClarence Darrow’s…

    3 readers - Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • 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…

    17 readers - Alice De Sturler/ Defrosting Cold Cases
  • 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…

    Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • 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 - Alice De Sturler/ Defrosting Cold Cases
  • Recommended Reading: Making Rain

    … you make an emotional connection with someone. What does all this mean to lawyers? Put simply observation and doing your homework can be powerful client development techniques because it allows you to connect with the client on a personal level. Here are some ideas on applying those techniques. Before you meet with a client or prospective client do…

    1 readers - Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • Cognitive Biases, the Legal Academy, and the Judiciary

    …” that the biases short-circuit. The critical legal studies movement, for example, has attempted to expose and challenge the way law reifies the status quo and existing hierarchies; the law and society movement, drawing from both sociology and legal scholarship, attempts to shifts law’s focus from individual behavior to the socio-economic context underlying…

    4 readers - Kenneth Stahl/ Concurring Opinions
  • 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…

    3 readers - Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • 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…

    5 readers - Lawrence Cunningham/ Concurring Opinions
  • 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.…

    3 readers - Cordell Parvin/ Cordell Parvin Blog
  • 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…

    6 readers - Alice De Sturler/ Defrosting Cold Cases
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