Although one of the most fascinating characters in American history, Henry A. Wallace, farmer, journalist, and statesman, is all but forgotten today. So former Sen. John C. Culver, D-Iowa, and writer John Hyde have performed a great service with this biography of the former vice president.

“The Custom of the Sea”
by Neil Hanson
(John Wiley & Sons Inc., 336 pages, $19.95)

If you’ve been to law school, you’ve probably studied the maritime case R. v. Dudley and Stephens. In “The Custom of the Sea,” British journalist Neil Hanson revisits the case of the yacht Mignonette and recounts its sad story of shipwreck, murder, and cannibalism.

“Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace”
by Lawrence Lessig
(Basic Books, 297 pages, $30)