Just in time for your weekend bookstore browsing pleasure, here’s a short list of some recently released and upcoming books aimed at the legal set. They’ll make you sound smart at the next dinner party or at the very least look good on the coffee table. Some of them are out now, but a couple won’t be out until later this month.
Gerard N. Magliocca, an associate law professor at Indiana University-Indianapolis, has penned a book of “intriguing parallels” between Andrew Jackson and George W. Bush. Talk about executive power. Andrew Jackson and the Constitution: The Rise and Fall of Generational Regimes looks at what happens when the political ideas and constitutional interpretations of one generation are replaced by those of another. It was released April 2.
Set to be released on Monday is Geoffrey Stone’s newest, War and Liberty. It’s being described as a “popularization” of his tome, “Perilous Times,” the book that looked at the conflicts between civil liberties and national security in wartime. That book won Stone a number of awards and increased his talking head profile.
And you’ll have to wait until April 23 to get a copy of Power and the Idealists by Paul Berman, an expansion of a New Republic essay that he wrote in late summer 2001 called “The Passion of Joschka Fischer.” (Fisher was the 1968 radical who became Germany’s foreign minister.) That essay so impressed former President Bill Clinton that he allegedly stayed up all night reading it. Yay, insomniacs.