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We gave prominent California judges and lawyers a mission: Find a book that would make a good holiday present for a lawyer. They didn’t let us down. The Shield of Achilles War, Peace and the Course of History By Philip Bobbitt Knopf ‘It’s a history of war and peace, of economic and political systems and how they change because of conflict. I don’t think people ought to just read materials that relate only to their practice niche. Lawyers have a long history in this country — in writing the Constitution and making other contributions to our society. That requires them to be good citizens.’ The Skull Mantra By Eliot Pattison St. Martin’s Minotaur ‘A high communist party official is sent to a Tibetan gulag for a misdeed. He’s there, breaking rocks and getting beaten up when there’s a murder in the community. Now he must conduct the investigation. It’s well written and a good mystery.’

BILL LOCKYER California attorney general

A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends By Shel Silverstein HarperCollins ‘It makes complex thoughts of justice and harmony into common-sense concepts that anyone can understand.’

The Essential Neruda Selected Poems By Pablo Neruda Consortium Books ‘Neruda helps a lawyer understand his or her human side.’

Benjamin Franklin An American Life By Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster ‘Isaacson has a newspaper writer’s way of covering Franklin. When you finish reading it, you really have an understanding of Franklin as a person. It t eaches lawyers the virtues of civic responsibility and involvement.’ — JUSTICE JAMES MARCHIANO First District Court of Appeal Once Upon a Time in Los Angeles The Trials of Earl Rogers By Michael Lance Trope Arthur H. Clark Company ‘This book is for the trial lawyer par excel’lance. It chronicles the trials of Earl Rogers, the lawyer who once defended Clarence Darrow on charges of jury bribery and heavyweight champion Jess Willard on a murder charge. Rogers, who pioneered the use of forensic science in the courtroom, tried 77 murder trials, winning all but three. The book reveals Rogers through his most famous trials, sketches of the participants and an analysis of the verdicts. It is an excellent gift for any trial lawyer.’ — JEFF ADACHI San Francisco public defender Great Expectations By Charles Dickens ‘It is one of my favorite books, a real adventure with lots of colorful characters. And these days, many lawyers may feel like little Pip. It is good for them to know that if they persevere and stick to their principles, they can succeed in ways that exceed their greatest expectations. — Andrew Giacomini Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy managing partner Alexander Hamilton By Ron Chernow Penguin Books ‘Hamilton was an extraordinarily gifted and fairly successful lawyer who took many unpopular cases, including defending Tories during the Revolution. He was an astonishing intellect, basically having not only invented the Federal Reserve Bank, but invented a number of the elements of what central banking is today.’ — KEITH WETMORE Morrison & Foerster chairman Cicero The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician By Anthony Everitt Random House ‘Cicero is the sort of quintessential lawyer; that’s what his life was all about and that’s what he succeeded at.’ — THERESE STEWART San Francisco deputy city attorney California Trial Objections 10th Edition By Edwin Heafey Jr. and Stephen Blitch Continuing Education of the Bar-California ‘It’s so concise. The suggested language will make one sound knowledgeable to intelligent judges.’ — GEORGE KENNEDY Santa Clara County district attorney

The Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling Scholastic ‘It gets you totally out of the sort of everyday, rational, serious nature of your work.’ — JUDGE DONNA HITCHENS San Francisco Superior Court

Eyewitness to Power The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton By David Gergen Simon & Schuster ‘This adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, offers great insight into the aspects of both successful and unsuccessful leadership efforts at the highest level in our country, and the behind-the-scenes dynamics of some of the most significant legal developments of 20th century America.’ — J. Terence O’Malley Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich chairman Angle of Repose By Wallace Stegner ‘It’s beautifully evocative of place and time relevant to most who live in California or the west. It can teach a lot about how to write handcrafted, clean but interesting sentences. Stegner is a very thoughtful, reflective and insightful writer who is good at making you stop and think about the world rather than just tumble through it.’ — MATTHEW POWERS Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner

Transforming Practices Finding Joy and Satisfaction in the Legal Life By Steven Keeva McGraw-Hill ‘We need to reassess where we are on a regular basis in our practice — sit back and ask ourselves, are we really loving what we do and doing what we love? There’s a high degree of dissatisfaction among lawyers. The law profession has the highest rate of divorce. That tells you that it’s a difficult profession. You never get anything unless you take it away from somebody.’ — J. GARY GWILLIAM Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer partner

The Odyssey By Homer ‘It gives solace to litigators that no matter how long the case lasts, and how many difficulties and challenges the case presents, things could be worse.’ — ERIC DANOFF Emard, Danoff, Port & Tamulski partner The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series By Alexander McCall Smith Anchor Books ‘The books are a nice combination of gentle humor and intriguingly small mysteries, with a likable female detective who dearly loves her country, Botswana. They’re a good choice for hard-working lawyers who want to escape for a while into a new world of interesting people.’ — LYNNE HERMLE Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner

Salt A World History By Mark Kurlansky Penguin Books ‘What could be more boring than salt, right? Kurlansky’s book is an absolutely fascinating tale of the economic, political and social history of this substance, which he convincingly argues has been responsible for many of the fundamental changes in history. A surprisingly compelling read and full of offbeat facts you’ll quote to your friends for months.’ — MARK LEMLEY Stanford Law School professor The Court Years, 1939-1975 The Autobiography of William O. Douglas By William O. Douglas Random House ‘Justice Douglas has always been a hero of mine. His book is an extremely interesting behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court, the cases and the personalities during the years between 1939 and 1975.’ — JUDGE JEROME BROCK Santa Clara County Superior Court The Essential Gandhi and Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World By Louis Fischer ‘Gandhi achieved much through humility, nonviolence and intense commitment. Modern lawyers could learn much from a study of Gandhi, who was himself a lawyer.’ — RICHARD RAINES Gagen, McCoy, McMahon & Armstrong partner The Travel Book A Journey Through Every Country in the World Lonely Planet Publications ‘Countries are like clients. As you learn from clients, so, too, do you learn from traveling among different peoples, cultures and customs. Leafing through the book, one is struck by the gorgeous diversity of this world.’ — RODERICK McLEOD California State Bar governor 1,000 Places to See Befoe You Die A Traveler’s Life List By Patricia Schultz Workman Publishing Co. ‘This book is a great concept exceedingly well executed. The author spent seven years identifying the top places, hotels, restaurants, experiences and more on seven continents. (A damn good gig it seems to me.) Brief but meaningful descriptions make this a fun read and a good source to start day-dreaming about your next vacation. Based on my own travels, she has a very high batting average at finding just the right spot literally anywhere in the world.’ — DONN PICKETT Bingham McCutchen vice chairman

Becoming a Visible Man By Jamison Green Vanderbilt University Press ‘It’s a vivid, moving account of what it’s like to be a transsexual man, the struggles and challenges, and in particular the legal challenges that he has faced in his life.’ — SHANNON MINTER National Center for Lesbian Rights legal director Other Voices, Other Rooms By Truman Capote ‘It should be mandatory reading for lawyers. We get lulled into thinking that we are dealing with the real world — with our facts, our briefs and our investigations. Turns out, the real world is actually alive in an atmosphere above us — in the vibrations in the walls or the sound that you’re not quite sure that you heard or the memory you can’t quite pull together. This book is a submersion into that world and as convincing an argument as you can find for the need to listen to all that is happening beneath the surface. We’re missing a lot when we forget this, and I love that Capote’s writing can take us there.’ — Nanci Clarence Clarence & Dyer partner All Deliberate Speed Segregation and Exclusion in California Schools, 1855-1975 By Charles Wollenberg UC Press ‘It’s not only a legal history of education, it’s also fascinating because it includes a lot of local California history that we don’t see a lot in legal histories.’ — CHRISTOPHER ARRIOLA Santa Clara County deputy DA

I Don’t Know How She Does It By Allison Pearson Anchor Books ‘I recommend it for all women attorneys. It contains the secrets for how you work full time and handle a family.’ — PATRICIA GILLETTE Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe partner

Telling Tellings Nadine Gordimer (ed.) Picador ‘It’s a new collection of short stories by internationally known authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie, John Updike, Gunter Grass and Arthur Miller. Nadine Gordimer, the South African author, is the creative spirit and editor. All proceeds will support the effort to control AIDS in Africa, a fitting cause for the holiday season.’ — JAMES LOPES Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin partner The Art of War By Sun Tzu ‘Trial lawyers are “semantic warriors,” and this book is a collection of ancient aphorisms on war strategies applicable to the adversarial system.’ — J. Tony Serra criminal defense attorney Monstrous Regiment By Terry Pratchett HarperCollins ‘What lawyer doesn’t need cheering up this season? “Monstrous Regiment” is an incisive takeoff on war, politics, gender roles and sexual identity in an odd world strangely like our own, which manages to be humane and funny.’ — ELIZABETH CABRASER Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein partner

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