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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese

Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles that Changed our Nation

Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles that Changed our Nation - Alan M. Dershowitz

Wish he had gone both broader and deeper. First of all, he addressed a disproportionate number of cases in which he himself was personally involved. That's a bit suspect, if you'll pardon the pun. Secondly, while he does get into some interesting details about the cases themselves, he doesn't always use those details to further the larger discussion—why are these cases "fundamental"? Not only how did they change our nation, but what do they say about the nation, both as it was and as it is today?

I would much sooner recommend Lawrence Friedman's series of lectures entitled "The American Legal Experience"—it does a better job with a similar goal.