Book Reviews

  • The Brand Called You: Building and Broadcasting Your Brand

    … Do you have a brand? When clients think of you, what comes first to their minds? One of the books I most frequently recommend is Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. When it first came out several years ago I both listened to the book and read a hard copy. Most law firms are focused on building their brand, but only a few lawyers are focused…

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

    … of Domino’s Pizza or serving ice-cream at Dairy Queen. Self-esteem comes from achieving something important when it’s hard to do. Don’t solve all of your kid’s problems. If she tells you at the 11th hour that she didn’t complete her science fair project, don’t stay up all night to do it for her. That teaches her that life can be about others bailing her…

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

    …. Lee Baily’s autobiography-This was the first book I read about a trial lawyer who was still alive and I would later see as part of the OJ defense team. MY LIFE IN COURT - The story of famous trials by a modern master lawyerReflections Without Mirrors: An Autobiography of the MindLouis Nizer’s Autobiographies: Great stories of his most famous…

    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

    …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…

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

    …, the criminal justice system is quick to assign personal responsibility for crime with scant attention to the wider social context that contributes to criminal behavior. If the judiciary has fallen prey to these three biases, it could be said that the role of the law professor is to challenge these biases by engaging in the sort of “deep reflection…

    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
  • 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…

    3 readers - SCOTUSblog
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