REVIEW: “Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win” by Paul M. Barrett

Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, by Paul M. Barrett Crown, 978-0770436346 Copyright September 2014, Hardcover, 304 Pages An intoxicating legal spectacle with an extraordinarily melodramatic progression of events from beginning to end. Set in Ecuador’s unorthodox judicial climate, the…

REVIEW: “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice” by Joan Biskupic

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, by Joan Biskupic Sarah Crichton Books, ISBN: 978-0374535667 Copyright October 2015, Paperback, 288 Pages Breaking In is a tremendously inspirational and captivating book following Sonia Sotomayor from her humble beginnings as a Bronx-born Puerto Rican to becoming America’s first ever Hispanic justice in the Supreme Court—serving…

REVIEW: “Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State” by Karen J. Greenberg

Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, by Karen J. Greenberg Crown, ISBN: 978-0804138215 Copyright May 2016, Hardcover, 320 Pages Rogue Justice, a book immensely laudable for its cohesiveness and lucidity, offers an exceedingly compelling rendition of the American judicial and political landscape under the Bush administration post 9/11. Though a little repetitive at times, Greenberg successfully…

REVIEW: “Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers” (Berkley True Crime) by Rhonda B. Saunders

Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers (Berkley True Crime), by Rhonda B. Saunders Berkley, ISBN: 978-0425231104 Copyright October 2009, Paperback, 320 Pages Whisper of Fear is a rather legal-slanted educational book about stalkers—“mental terrorists”—, threat and stalking cases, stalkers’ psychology, and relevant legislative applications, authoritatively written by the de facto “go…

REVIEW: “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919” by Stephen Puleo

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo Beacon Press, ISBN: 978-0807050217 Copyright September 2004, Paperback, 273 Pages Dark Tide is a riveting narrative about the Great Molasses Flood that claimed 21 lives, and the ensuing judicial proceedings of Dorr v. United States Industrial Alcohol, the longest and most expensive civil suit in Massachusetts…

REVIEW: “Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial” by Kenji Yoshino

Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, by Kenji Yoshino Broadway Books, ISBN: 978-0385348829 Copyright February 2016, Paperback, 400 Pages Speak Now is an extremely engrossing book. It explores marriage equality in a legal context with such multitudinous facets and intricacies that it will be hard-pressed to find a reader unimpressed by the degree of intellectualism in the book….