October 4, 2007

A List Without a Theme

Epstein, Richard A., Antitrust Consent Decress in Theory and Practice: Why Less Is More (New York: The AEI Press, 2007).

Friedlander, Saul, Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume 1: The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939 (New York: HarperCollins, 1997).

Friedlander, Saul, Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume 2: The Years of Extermination, 1939-1945 (New York: HarperCollins, 2007) (From among the few hundreds of thousands of Jews who had stayed in occupied Europe and survived, most struck roots in new surroundings, either by necessity or by choice; they built their lives, resolutely hid their scars, and experienced the common share of joys and sorrows dealt by everyday existence. For several decades, many evoked the past mainly among themselves, behind closed doors, so to speak; some became occasional witnesses, others opted for silence. Yet, whatever the path they chose, for all of them those years remained the most significant period of their lives. They were entrapped in it: Recurrently, it pulled them back into overwhelming terror and, throughout, notwithstanding the passage of time, it carried along with it the indelible memory of the dead.” Id. at 663.).

Larson, Edward J., A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign (New York: Free Press, 2007).

Sunstein, Cass R., David Schkade, Lisa M. Ellman, and Andres Sawicki, Are Judges Political: An Empirical Analysis of the Federal Judiciary (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institute Press, 2006) (“In this book, [the authors] examine many different areas of the law, focusing on a number of controversial issues that seem especially likely to reveal divisions between Republican and Democractic appointees….” “[Their] initial goal is to examine three hypotheses: 1. Ideological voting. In ideological contested cases…a judge’s ideological tendency can be predicted by the party of the appointing president: Republican appointees vote differently from Democratic appointees.” 2. Ideological dampening. A Judge’s ideological tendency is likely to be dampened if she is sitting with two judges of a different political party…. 3. Ideological amplification. A judge’s ideological tendency, in ideologically contested cases, is likely to be amplified if she is sitting with two judges from the same political party….” “[The authors] find that in numerous areas of the law, all three hypotheses are strongly confirmed.” Id. at 8-9.) “[They] offer a number of other findings. [They] show that variations in panel composition lead to dramatically different outcomes, in a way that creates serious problems for the rule of law.” Id. at 11. Nothing terribly surprising here, but still worth the read and ponder.).

Tomz, Michael, Reputation and International Cooperation: Sovereign Debt Across Three Centuries (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton U. Press, 2007 (This is a worthwhile read for those interested in international law, international trade, and international finance. “The literature on international relations offers two major perspectives about how credibility and cooperation can be sustained in an anarchical world. The first is repeat play, in which leaders cooperate today to ensure good relations in the future. The second is issue linkage, the process of connecting behavior in one area to the threat of sanctions in another. Both provide substantial insights into world politics, but neither—without amendment--adequately accounts for historical patterns of behavior in international finance. After noting the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches as applied to international debt, I propose a reputational theory that builds on models of repeat play but modifies them by conjoining two key features: incomplete information and political change. I then show, using three centuries of data from international capital markets, that this reputational theory offers new insights into relations between debtors and creditors.” Id. at 4.).

Walser, Robert, The Assistant translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky (New York: New Direction Paperback, 1978, 1985, 2007) (fiction).

Williams, John, Stoner introduction by John McGahern (New York: New York Review Books, 1965, 2003) (Fiction. “An occasional student who comes upon the name may wonder idly who William Stoner was, but he seldom pursues his curiosity beyond a casual question. Stoner's colleagues, who held him in no particular esteem when he was alive, speak of him rarely now; to the older ones, his name is a reminder of the end that awaits them all, and to the younger ones it is merely a sound which evokes no sense of the past and no identity with which they can associate themselves or their careers." Id. at 3-4.).

Wood, B. Dan, The Politics of Economic Leadership: The Causes and Consequences of Presidential Rhetoric (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton U. Press, 2007) (“This book examines the causes and consequences of presidential efforts to lead the economy through words…. The impact of presidential words…is actually an empirical matter that can be addressed by scientific research.” Id. at xiii.).