BCLBE Faculty Presents Great Summer Reads

We asked the BCLBE Faculty for their top summer reading recommendations. So before you hit the beach, put down that teen vampire novel and pick up one of these. You won’t regret it!

ayotteKenneth Ayotte, Professor of Law

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow — A biography of the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo — Global change and inequality through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, India.

bartlettRobert Bartlett, BCLBE Faculty Co-Director

The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson — A lucid, thrilling and amusing history of the digital age.   
The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough — A portrait of Orville and Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneers. 
buxbaumRichard Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law (Emeritus)
The Rise of Silas Lapham, by William Dean Howells — A classic novel on the capitalist buccaneers of the post-Civil War Era.
Cash McCall, by Cameron Hawley — A buccaneering story of the Roaring 40’s.
davidoffSteven Davidoff Solomon, BCLBE Faculty Co-Director
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein — A witty and intoxicating novel of ideas that plunges into the great debate between faith and reason.  
The Go-Go Years, by John Brooks — The dramatic and crashing finale of Wall Street’s bullish 60s.
gadinisStavros Gadinis, Assistant Professor of Law 
Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses and Misuses of History, by Barry Eichengreen — A compelling examination of the Great Depression and Great Recession, each of which occurred against the backdrop of sharp credit booms, dubious banking practices, and a fragile and unstable global financial system.   
Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the Industrial Revolution, by Emma Griffin — This title looks at hundreds of autobiographies penned between 1760 and 1900 to offer an intimate firsthand account of how the Industrial Revolution was experienced by the working class.
prasadPrasad Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor of Law 
Deconstructing the Inequality Debate, by Paul Krugman — This title illustrates (a) Krugman is a better long-form essay writer than op-ed writer/blogger, and (b) many of the facts that are informing contemporary politics (and scholarship in law and economics and law-and-economics) have been known, yet disputed, for some time.  
Federer as Religious Experience, by David Foster Wallace — Wallace argues that the conventional angle of televised tennis skews “the sheer physicality of top tennis”.
murrayMelissa Murray, Interim Dean and Professor of Law
An Unrestored Woman, by Shobha Rao — A beautifully written collection of loosely linked stories about the immediate aftermath of the 1947 Partition that divided the Indian subcontinent into two nations, India and Pakistan.  

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty —  A painstakingly detailed study of the evolution of global wealth inequality since the Industrial Revolution.  On the same subject, but geared towards kids, Maribeth Boelts’ Those Shoes aims to generate an appreciation for the problems of inequality and privilege. 
oconnellAnne Joseph O’Connell, George Johnson Professor Law
Act of Congress: How America’s Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn’t, by Robert G. Kaiser — An eye-opening account of how Congress today really works (and doesn’t), that follows the dramatic journey of the sweeping financial reform bill enacted in response to the Great Crash of 2008. 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain — Advice and stories for introverts and extroverts alike on how to appreciate our quiet sides.
quinnKevin Quinn, Professor of Law 
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States, by Albert O. Hirschman — An innovator in contemporary thought on economic and political development looks here at decline rather than growth. Hirschman makes a basic distinction between alternative ways of reacting to deterioration in business firms and, in general, to dissatisfaction with organizations.  
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace — A collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner.