The ABA today released a list of 30 books that 30 different lawyers suggested every lawyer should read. The ABA admitted, “…they are not the greatest or the most popular” and the ABA has not ranked or reviewed them, so I am curious to know your thoughts.
Personally, one of my favorite books is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. After reading that book, you will feel like you can tackle the world. I assure you it is a fantastic read and worth your time.
As a dedicated law student, I am curious what your thoughts are about the list.
Are some better than others? Are some a waste of time?
Clearly, none of us has the time to read all 30 so I thought I would ask everyone their thoughts.
Here is the list:
- My Life in Court by Louis Nizer
- Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century by Michael Hiltzik
- 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart
- The Story of My Life by Clarence Darrow
- Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin E.P. Seligman
- And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank by Steve Oney
- Personal History by Katharine Graham
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Leadership on the Federal Bench: The Craft and Activism of Jack Weinstein by Jeffrey B. Morris
- My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey by John Wooden with Steve Jamison
- The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
- The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary
- In the Shadow of the Law by Kermit Roosevelt
- One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School by Scott Turow
- Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality by Richard Kluger
- The Man to See by Evan Thomas
- The End of Anger: A New Generation’s Take on Race and Rage by Ellis Cose
- Justice Accused: Antislavery and the Judicial Process by Robert M. Cover
- Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
- A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
- The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law by Ward Farnsworth
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
- A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy
- Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen and Haskel Frankel
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
- Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton
- Civility: Manners, Morals and the Etiquette of Democracy by Stephen L. Carter