Book Review

My Own Words

Many of you know that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a bit of a celebrity. Her sharp wit and incredibly bright brain draw followers to her like moths to flame whether she’s sitting at the opera in Santa Fe or performing her duties on the United States Supreme Court. Given who she is and what her life experience has been, it makes sense that her book, My Own Words, which she wrote with the assistance of Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams, would draw attention, interest, praise and appreciation.

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Full Court Press: How Pat Summitt, a High School Basketball Player, and a Legal Team Changed the Game

About 25 years ago when coaching my daughter’s 3rd grade basketball team, I unexpectedly was brought to tears when she got a defensive rebound, dribbled down the floor and scored. In other words, she went coast to coast … and with that hustle, she glowed.

That’s why I welcomed the opportunity to review Full Court Press, which tells the story of how Tennessee went from a six-on-six, half-court basketball game for women with rules to “protect us” to the five player full-court game for men.      

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Book Review: Edward Terry Sanford

A Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Court

Knoxville has traditionally done a poor job of honoring its greatest citizens. James Agee’s childhood home was unceremoniously demolished.1 Similarly, Cormac McCarthy’s childhood home was left abandoned, and it eventually burned to the ground.2 A gas station now sits at the location of the childhood home of the artist Beauford Delaney.3 So it was not surprising to learn that the only Knoxvillian and University of Tennessee alumnus to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States had been largely forgotten in his hometown. Thankfully, Stephanie L. Slater’s thoroughly researched new biography recovers the memory of Justice Edward Terry Sanford from its fade into obscurity.

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Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila

By James M. Scott | W.W. Norton & Company Inc. | $32.95| 640 pages | 2018

What happens when a modern and Americanized city becomes as much a massive crime scene as the site of a vast battlefield?  The saga of the violation and obliteration of Manila and at least one-tenth of its one million occupants, and the ensuing legalities and war crimes trials, is the focus of Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila by James M. Scott.

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The Prohibition Era and Policing: A Legacy of Misregulation

By Wesley M. Oliver | Vanderbilt University Press | $27.95 | 280 pages | 2018

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Borrowed Judges: Visitors in the U.S. Courts of Appeals

By Stephen L. Wasby | Quid Pro Books | $34.99 | 299 pages | 2018

Reviewed by Andrée Sophia Blumstein

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John C. Brown of Tennessee: Revel, Redeemer, and Railroader

By Sam D. Elliott | The University of Tennessee Press | $43 | 2017

Reviewed by Daniel J. Taylor

This book was honored with the 2017 Tennessee History Book Award by the Tennessee Library Association.

Today, few probably know the name of John Calvin Brown of Pulaski, Tennessee. Attorneys who have studied Tennessee Constitutional law might be familiar with his role as president of the important Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1870. Others may recollect that he served as a post-Civil War Governor of Tennessee from 1871 to 1875.

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Glasby’s Fortune, a Novel

By James H. Drescher | Deadeye Press | $17.99 | 367 pages | 2017

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Lincoln’s Greatest Case: The River, the Bridge, and the Making of America

By Brian McGinty | Liveright Publishing Corporation | $26.95 | 208 pages | 2015

Most Americans believe that Abraham Lincoln was our greatest president. Lincoln was also one of America’s greatest lawyers. His folksy style made him a natural as a trial lawyer. He also handled more than 400 appellate cases, most of them in the Illinois Supreme Court and several in the U. S. Supreme Court.

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BOOK REVIEW: Reelfoot Killins’

Sometimes, no matter how certain we are in making decisions, things turn out to be different from what we thought they were. Sometimes, the facts turn out to be totally different from what we were convinced they were when we acted.

“Dateline: May 2016.”

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