Summer reading for intlawyers-in-training

An enterprising student who is set to become part of the Georgia Law 1L class this fall recently wrote me in search of a summer reading list. In the event that my response is of wider interest, here are some superb books – nonfiction works that provide background and context, thus enriching comprehension of issues presented in courses like Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Laws of War, and Foreign Affairs/National Security Law:

wartime► Mary Dudziak, War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences (2012) (Prior post)

2019680024► John Fabian Witt, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History (2012) (Prior post)

paris► Margaret MacMillan, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (2003) (Prior post)

aworldmadenew► Mary Ann Glendon, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2002) (Prior post)

gen► Martha Minow, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (1999) (Prior post)

telf► Telford Taylor, The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir (1993) (Prior post)

Book, Thirteen Days► Robert F. Kennedy, Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1969) (Prior post)

terr► Jess Bravin, The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay (2013) (Prior post)

In addition, I recommended these books as means to enhance understanding of other law school courses – Constitutional Law and Federal Jurisdiction, in particular:

nine► Jeffrey Toobin, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007)

son► Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World (2013) (Prior post)

cliff► Cliff Sloan & David McKean, The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court (2009) (Prior post)

hab► Linda Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey (2005) (Prior post)

To that list I should have added another book:

cap► Lincoln Caplan, The Tenth Justice: The Solicitor General and the Rule of Law (1987)

And finally, here’s one that helped me prepare for my own 2L summer associateship in Manhattan:

part► James B. Stewart, The Partners: Inside America’s Most Powerful Law Firms (1983)

Other suggestions welcome. Happy summer reading!

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