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Looking for a Good Book?

Here are two great web sites with information on newly published books regarding justice, law and politics. Sign up for the publishers' email alerts as an easy way to track the work and criticism of prominent scholars in these disciplines.

Just Books, created by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, launched in April and posts monthly book reviews, essays and commentary from well known authors.  The format of this web site has a fresh, hip appeal with sections like "Author Talk" where authors are interviewed about their books or "Summary Judgment" where authors reflect on a popular book.  Another interesting feature of Just Books is "Suggested Reading" which raises a thought provoking question about books and then asks famous authors to weigh in.  For example: What is the one book all students should read before they start law school? Check the first issue of Just Books to see what titles Bill Clinton and Sandra Day O'Connor recommend.

Law and Politics Book Review offers a more staid approach as a current awareness source for academic publishing.  The Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Foundation compiles book reviews which are written by their membership.  The stated purpose of this electronic journal is "to review almost every book about the legal process and politics, to do longer reviews than are usually published, and to make the reviews available within six months of our receipt of the book."  The web site has an extensive archive to browse reviews by its authors as well as by book title.

One additional source to keep in mind when looking for new books is the UW Law Library Selected Recent Acquisitions. This list is posted on the Law Library's home page and is also available as an email alert option.  Book titles are sorted into general subject areas for easy access to the latest holdings in the Law Library collection.

Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on November 4, 2010

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