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Gone Girl
3.93
"I don't usually read mystery novels, but last summer Cass Sunstein raved to me about the novels of Gillian Flynn, a young Chicago author. I then proc...more
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Nov 27, 2012
 
Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism
3.84
Mendelssohn was the leading philosopher of the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. Jerusalem is one of the most significant works about the relationshi...more
Jan 2008
Jun 25, 2010
 
Abraham Lincoln
3.88
In the waning weeks of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial year, I am still being asked (because I teach a course every winter on Lincoln) what one book to...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
Louis D. Brandeis
3.89
I just read and highly recommend Melvin Urofsky’s Louis Brandeis: A Life. This comprehensive and highly readable biography covers everything from Bran...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.03
"In advance of a recent trip to Seoul, Korea, I read four books about this remarkable country. The first three were about North Korea. Nothing to Envy...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
Churchill's Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made
3.38
This new book on Churchill pulls together all the evidence about his attitudes about empire, race, and political liberty, producing a highly complex p...more
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Nov 29, 2010
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.00
One of the most talented novelists around takes on a historical location of great interest to me: the small island of Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, which...more
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Nov 29, 2010
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.82
"Having never developed a taste for Westerns, I was a bit skeptical about Patrick DeWitt’s picaresque, The Sisters Brothers. As it turned out, the boo...more
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Nov 27, 2012
 
Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others
3.89
"Smith is a philosopher with a strong interest in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology. His book offers a gripping history of the horrific wa...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady
3.28
People sometimes avoid this book because of its length (about 3000 pages in very small print!). It is, however, thoroughly compelling, and, astonishin...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #4)
4.54
"Although I did not read the earlier volumes, The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power has been surprisingly riveting. Mr. Caro certainly des...more
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Nov 27, 2012
 
David Copperfield
3.93
"Actually, I'm listening to it as an audiobook, read by a gifted and hilarous reader, and today as I ran I reached the wonderful part where Mr. Micawb...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
4.06
"In advance of a recent trip to Seoul, Korea, I read four books about this remarkable country. The first three were about North Korea. Nothing to Envy...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
The novel satirizes current societal trends to picture an America of the not-too-distant future, one in which privacy and literature have disappeared,...more
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Nov 29, 2010
 
Living Originalism
3.90
"I recently finished Jack Balkin's Living Originalism, which is his effort to fuse originalism and living constitutionalism and to show that they're a...more
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Dec 05, 2013
 
The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies
3.48
"In advance of a recent trip to Seoul, Korea, I read four books about this remarkable country. The first three were about North Korea. Nothing to Envy...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.82
"For a Greenberg Seminar I'm teaching with Richard Posner on 'Southern Literature and the Law,' I recently read for the first time Zora Neale Hurston'...more
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Dec 04, 2013
 
High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing
4.14
"This is a somewhat odd recommendation, because I have only just begun reading the book, High Rise Stories—Voices from Chicago Public Housing, by Audr...more
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Dec 03, 2013
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.80
"Mantel tells the story of King Henry VIII’s minister Thomas Cromwell with a sympathetic eye. It is a corrective to Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons. Wolf...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
4.02
This is an account of the events leading up to and following the decision of Ossian Sweet, MD, an African-American physician, to move his family into...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
Grand Pursuit: A History of Economic Genius
3.73
"This beautifully written book deals with economic thought about macroeconomics since the mid-1800s through the lives of the great economists. The boo...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Embers
3.86
"This book was published in the 1940s, but recently rediscovered and translated. (Sadly, Marai’s work was suppressed in Hungary by the Communists, and...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Thinking, Fast and Slow
4.02
"I’d highly recommend Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow—about how and why we make seemingly impulsive and otherwise irrational decisions." - J...more
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Dec 04, 2013
 
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
4.36
"Simon spent a year embedded with the homicide division of the Baltimore Police Department, following a squad of detectives as they dealt with cases b...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Master of the Senate (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #3)
4.48
The book covers Johnson’s years in the Senate (1949-1960) in painstaking detail, describing everything from his greatest legislative victories to his...more
Jan 2008
Jun 25, 2010
 
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
3.88
"This is the story of how a series of people were able to “crack” the code to decipher a language found on archaeological remains in Crete (from 1,000...more
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Dec 04, 2013
 
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
3.92
"I have recently worked my way through Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. Why Nations Fail presents the most compelling thesis I...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.93
"It is both interesting and related to many legal topics. Much of what we do in legal academia is to predict things, whether it is how courts will dec...more
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Nov 27, 2012
 
To the End of the Land
3.89
"On the eve of a planned mother-son hiking trip after the son’s completion of his military duty, the son instead voluntarily re-enlists for a new mili...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Choice
3.70
"This book is a fascinating critique—so well-written and entertaining—of our contemporary culture of choice and the anxiety that surrounds these times...more
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Dec 02, 2011
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